Fringe star in talks and close to leaving Manchester United

Date published: Monday 2nd July 2018 10:40 - Matthew Briggs

Ajax are believed to be trying to re-sign Manchester United man Daley Blind, according to a report in Holland.

The midfielder/defender has fallen out of favour at the club under Jose Mourinho and he made only 10 Premier League and Champions League starts last season.

Blind, who arrived at Old Trafford from Ajax in 2014 was a key player for United under Louis van Gaal, cost United £13.8million, but he has just 12 month left on his contract and looks likely to move on.

De Telegraaf claim Ajax are negotiating a deal for the 28-year-old and Blind is keen on a return to his homeland.

The utility man almost left United on deadline day in January, according to the player’s father.

Former Ajax and Holland manager Danny Blind told LaRoma24 that Mourinho blocked his son’s exit because he wanted Blind to be part of his squad until the summer.

Sky Italia claimed the Giallorossi were aiming to secure a loan deal with option to buy for the Dutch international, but Blind Snr. claimed the deal was clocked.

“Time is running out because it’s the last day of the transfer window,” he said in January.

“I can confirm that Roma want him but Manchester United don’t want to let him go on loan, only on a permanent basis in the summer.

“It’s really difficult [to negotiate a move] because Manchester United want to keep him to play in the Champions League, the Premier League and the FA Cup.”

United triggered the one-year option in Blind’s contract in March to tie him to the club until next summer. That move was to protect the value of the player; there was no intent to discuss fresh terms from the club’s part.


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