Manchester United Transfer News: Latest on Daley Blind, Angel Di Maria and More

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2014

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 09: Pablo Zabaleta of Argentina is challenged by Daley Blind of the Netherlands during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between the Netherlands and Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The clock is ticking, and yet, Manchester United are still left standing, short of the additions they need for a tough campaign ahead.

Temperatures are rising in the north-west as the faithful eagerly watch, waiting for executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to deliver them big-name signings.

Here, we take a look at the latest gossip surrounding two of United's main targets, Daley Blind and Angel Di Maria, and more:


Daley Blind

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 03:  Daley Blind of Ajax looks on after the 19th Johan Cruijff Shield match between Ajax Amsterdam and PEC Zwolle at the Amsterdam ArenA on August 3, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Imag
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The path for Blind to join United is being cleared, with his current manager saying he will not stand in his way if he wishes to join the Red Devils.

David Anderson of the Daily Mirror writes that Ajax boss Frank de Boer has confirmed he will sell the Netherlands utility defender if Louis van Gaal comes up with the asking price.

De Boer stopped short of saying a deal had been signed, and he claimed if the player was to remain with him, he would be content:

We all know that if there is a certain amount on the table we cannot refuse, then we'll wish him all the best. But I have not heard anything about it, so I am assuming that he still stays for a year. I think it's best for him, but on the other hand, the temptation is there if such a big club comes.

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JULY 12: Daley Blind of the Netherlands scores his team's second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Third Place Playoff match between Brazil and the Netherlands at Estadio Nacional on July 12, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo b
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The 24-year-old player featured for Van Gaal's Netherlands side during the recent World Cup, and he is an individual that the new United boss knows well.

Blind's versatility in the defensive area would be vital to United at present, with squad building and injuries hampering LvG's immediate planning for his team.

Bleacher Report's Elko Born highlighted this point on Twitter:

Blind was only a substitute in Ajax's first game of the Dutch season, hinting that the player might be on his way from the Amsterdam ArenA. 


Angel Di Maria

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United now know what they have to do to lure Di Maria from Real Madrid this summer.

Colin Harvey of the Daily Star reports that the Red Devils are in pole position to sign the Argentina winger after Paris Saint-Germain pulled out of the race for his signature.

But United will have to pay Los Blancos' £50 million asking price if they wish to secure Di Maria's world-class services, because the European champions are unwilling to budge on the fee, according to Harvey.

Di Maria was pivotal in Madrid's La Decima success last season, providing a staggering 22 assists in La Liga and the Champions League while also scoring seven times.

United are desperately short of a top-class winger, with LvG namedropping Di Maria in recent weeks, per Sky Sports.

The asking price would shatter the record amount the Reds paid for Juan Mata back in January, but United need to finish in the top four this season, or Van Gaal's tenure could be as short as David Moyes' stint. 


Marcos Rojo

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The deal to bring Marcos Rojo to Old Trafford has apparently stalled, with Van Gaal said to be increasingly frustrated at United's transfer business.

Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail says the Dutch coach's "frustrations in the transfer market have reached new heights," with Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera still their only two pieces of business.

Van Gaal recently witnessed Barcelona take one of his prime defensive targets from under his nose, as Thomas Vermaelen joined the Catalan giants from Arsenal.

Ladyman states the Doyen agency that represents Rojo has become embroiled in a bitter row with Sporting, halting the progression of a transfer.

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Rojo would be a useful signing after Shaw was ruled out for a month with a damaged hamstring.

United desperately need to bring in reinforcements in the next fortnight or risk giving LvG a much weaker squad than he had hoped to start the season with. When fully fit, the United roster looks healthy in terms of quality, but too often the treatment room is brimming full of unusable talent.

With Antonio Valencia and Jonny Evans also recently injured, United look stretched defensively and will have to call upon some of their youthful reserves to temporarily plug the gaps.

That is not what United fans had hoped for after Woodward's words of an unlimited budget and to "watch this space," per the club's official website.


Stats via WhoScored unless otherwise noted.


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