Barcelona maintaining interest in signing Daley Blind next summer – report

by Leo Nieboer

Barcelona have maintained their “special interest” in signing Daley Blind from Manchester United next summer, according to reports from Spain.

Reports emerged last week suggesting that Ernesto Valverde was lining up Blind, who has made 11 starts this season, as a replacement for Javier Mascherano next summer.

The Dutchman’s contract expires in the summer and he reportedly expects to be moved on by Jose Mourinho at the conclusion of the 2017/18 season.

And according to Spanish media outlet Marca, the Barcelona board are lining up Blind for a free transfer once his contract – which shows no signs of being renegotiated – expires in June.

Blind’s time at Old Trafford has appeared to have run its course following a generally positive three years, with even long-term outcast Luke Shaw now ahead of him in Mourinho’s pecking order after an underwhelming few months – crystallised by that horrific display against FC Basel in November.

Mourinho may indeed be planning a much needed full-back revolution next summer – not too dissimilar to what Manchester City have done with the likes of Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Danilo and even Fabian Delph – and Blind, who would supplement Barcelona’s passing style nicely, feels like a necessary component for expediting that process.


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