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Report: Ajax accepts $23 mil Daley Blind bid from Manchester United

Aug 30, 2014, 7:20 AM EDT

Netherlands' Daley Blind, center, celebrates with Bruno Martins Indi, right, after scoring his side's second goal during the World Cup third-place soccer match between Brazil and the Netherlands at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) AP

It may have taken a few weeks or months longer than some expected, but Louis van Gaal is readying the Red Devils to torment the opposition

LVG has added one of the stars of the Netherlands surprising World Cup run to his stable at Manchester United, and suddenly things are looking up for the Red Devils.

Reports say Ajax has accepted Manchester United’s $23 million bid for outstanding defender Daley Blind. All that’s left is Blind’s medical and agreement on personal terms, and United has itself a much-improved defense.

From the BBC:

A club statement read: “Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Ajax to sign Daley Blind, subject to a medical and personal terms.”

United have been linked with Blind throughout the summer but Ajax director of football Marc Overmars said he was reluctant to sell him unless the Premier League side met their valuation, reportedly in the region of £14m.

Overmars claimed on Wednesday that Blind would only leave if an “absolute prize was paid”, and told the de Telegraaf newspaper: “We believe we currently have a strong team and want to hold on to Daley for another a year.”

Some were critical of the Red Devils for dropping close to $100 million on Real Madrid midfielder Angel Di Maria instead of focusing on defense, but that neglects the fact that:

1) United has loads of dough.

2) See point No. 1.

While Blind won’t fix every single one of United’s flaws, the cumulative additions of the 24-year-old Dutchman, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Di Maria will give Manchester United plenty of ammunition in a season without the UEFA Champions League.

LVG is cooking with gas, and Di Maria is the oldest of the bunch at 26. Wow.

  1. lordfletcher - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    1. Yes! Bout time.
    2. Di Maria – what a start so far
    3. Entire defense needs an overhaul
    4. Rojo work permit?
    5. Get a CB

    6. Next window find another mid but for now bring in only defenders.

    Bonus. Fletcher sucks…need a healthy Herrera back

    • lordfletcher - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      Just read that Blind was promised first team minutes as a mid not as a LB or CB… Interesting. 3/5/2 here to stay

  2. navyeoddavee9 - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Di Maria: already hurt,
    Congratulations: on earning your second point of the season!

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