Back in 2014, when Louis Van Gaal was first appointed as Manchester United manager, the Dutchman made a host of signings in an attempt to reverse the poor form shown under David Moyes the previous season. Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, and flops Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao were signed that offseason. To close out the window, he signed midfielder/defender Daley Blind for £14 millon coming off of a successful campaign with Ajax, where he won the Eredivisie and Dutch Footballer of the Year.
According to the Independent, Ajax are looking to resign their former club captain this summer. Last season under Van Gaal, Blind was an important part of the United side, starting 57 games in all competitions in a variety of positions including center back, left back and defensive midfield. This season under Jose Mourinho however, Blind has struggled for playing time, only starting 16 out of 29 Premier League matches.
As a result, Ajax believe that they can convince United to sell, with only one year remaining on his contract and no talks having been made regarding a contract extension. Back in December, Mourinho suggested that Blind could be moved on, avoiding any reference to him when discussing defensive options in an interview.
“Jones and Rojo are playing more than ever, better than ever and now we have a third central defender Bailly to rotate,” Mourinho said. “We gave a rest to Jones in the Ukraine, now Jones plays against Tottenham free of injuries or tiredness. Now we have with Bailly a third central defender until the end of the year, hopefully we can manage with those three in those positions.”
United are expected to demand a fee similar to what they paid for Blind in order to reinvest it in new signings. United has been linked to a host of defensive targets including Benfica’s Victor Lindelof, Roma’s Kostas Manolas, and Feyenoord’s Rick Kasdorp.