30 August 2014 11:03
Manchester United have reached a deal to sign Ajax defender Daley Blind.
Blind has consistently been linked with a move to United throughout the transfer window, with new boss Louis van Gaal keen to be reunited with a player who performed superbly for his Netherlands team at this year’s World Cup.
Earlier on Saturday, Ajax confirmed that the 24-year-old had been left out of their squad for their Eredivisie clash with Groningen as he had been given permission to hold talks with another club.
And United have now announced that they have had an offer – thought to be around £14million – accepted for Blind.
“#mufc has reached [an] agreement with Ajax to sign Daley Blind, subject to a medical and personal terms,” the Premier League giants posted on their official Twitter feed.
“A further announcement will be made when the process is complete.”
Should the transfer be completed, Blind will become Van Gaal’s third new recruit since joining United in July, following the arrivals of Angel di Maria – for a British transfer record of £59.7m – and Marcos Rojo.
Long-term targets Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera were also signed prior to Van Gaal’s arrival, meaning United’s spending in this window will stand at approximately £150m once Blind puts pen to paper.