Manchester United Agree Fee with Ajax for Daley Blind

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2014

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JULY 12: Daley Blind of the Netherlands (L) celebrates scoring his team's second goal with teammate Bruno Martins Indi 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 by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal looks set to beef up his defensive-midfield options with the capture of Daley Blind from Ajax.

The Netherlands international had been linked with a move to the Red Devils for some time, and on Saturday United confirmed a deal had been agreed with the player’s club, Ajax, for his transfer.

BREAKING: #mufc has reached agreement with Ajax to sign Daley Blind, subject to a medical and personal terms.

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 30, 2014

United issued a brief statement, which read as follows:

Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Ajax to sign Daley Blind, subject to a medical and personal terms.

A further announcement will be made when the process is complete.

Matt Lawton of the Daily Mail is reporting that the deal is worth £14 million, with his paper stating that such a fee would take United’s spending this summer past the £150 million mark.

Lawton claims Blind will now discuss personal terms and undergo a medical before sealing his move to Old Trafford before Monday’s transfer deadline.

Should Blind seal his move, he will join Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Angel Di Maria as new additions to Van Gaal’s squad.

While Blind’s favoured role is as a holding midfielder, he can also operate in defence. With Shaw currently struggling for fitness, Blind offers Van Gaal another option at left-back.

It was from the left-hand side that Blind played a part in one of the great moments of the 2014 World Cup, providing the assist for Robin van Persie's stunning goal against Spain.

Daley Blind's pass during the World Cup for THAT header. Just wow (via @WorldStarFootball) -

— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 30, 2014

It appears Shaw is closing in on full fitness, with Van Gaal praising the youngster for his work in training, but there is every chance Blind could make his United debut before Shaw.

The arrival of Blind will be a welcome one for United, as the Red Devils have just two points to their name from three games in the Premier League and suffered an embarrassing Capital One Cup defeat to MK Dons.