Manchester United and Ajax reach ‘verbal agreement’ for the transfer of Daley Blind

Manchester United defender Daley Blind is set to become the most expensive player at Ajax with a possible £18.5 million deal which will see the Dutchman return to the club United signed him from in the summer of 2014. United will head to the United States of America on Sunday and it is expected that a deal could be sorted out which will see the 28-year-old say goodbye to his teammates and return to the club it all started for him.

It has been widely reported over the last few weeks and months that Blind was destined to leave the Theatre of Dreams this summer, despite the fact the extra year in his contract was activated during the past season, meaning that United did not see a player, who cost them £13.8 million four years ago, leave as a free agent. The fee to be paid by Ajax will be £14 million, just £200,000 more than United paid for the player, with £4.5 million in add-ons.

When Blind arrived at United four years ago, under the management of Louis van Gaal, the clubs supporters were excited because he was a utilitarian player, predominantly playing in a left-back or left wing-back role, but could also play in central defensive positions, which he had been doing, also adapting to a defensive midfield role, which is a position he had not played much football in at United. Some even suggested he could have been a comparable replacement for Michael Carrick, when he retired, which happened this summer.

Dutch newspaper, De Telegraaf has reported that both United and Ajax have a ‘verbal agreement’ which would see Blind return to his native Netherlands this summer. It is expected that the 28-year-old will sign a four-year contract with the Eredivisie runners-up. Blind made 141 appearances at United, scoring six goals in his four years at the club, winning the Emirates FA Cup, FA Community Shield, the EFL Cup and the UEFA Europa League in his time at the club.

Blind will be remembered for his time at United. It is never a good thing seeing a capable player leaving the club but he was not being used as much as he should have been, which is something he will get at his former club. Whilst playing for Ajax, Blind won the Eredivisie four times, also winning the Johan Cruijff Shield on one occasion. Blind played 143 times, scoring three goals for Ajax in seven seasons at the club, which looks set to continue until possibly his retirement from the game.

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