Report: Manchester United and Ajax reach Daley Blind agreement

by Alex Turk

Manchester United and Ajax have reportedly reached a ‘verbal agreement’ for the transfer of Daley Blind this summer.

Blind looks set to become the first of a few major departures ahead of the 2018-19 season and will return to the club he left to join Man United for £13.8m in 2014.

Defenders Matteo Darmian and Chris Smalling, and forward Anthony Martial all face uncertain futures, and now it seems the exodus conducted by Jose Mourinho will begin in the coming days.

Mike Verweij of Dutch outlet De Telegraaf revealed on Friday afternoon that a €16m fee plus add ons had been agreed between the two clubs.

He added that Blind will rejoin Ajax on a four-year deal and will the club’s record signing Miralem Sulejmani’s €16.25m arrival in 2008.

BBC’s Simon Stone confirmed the reports later on in the evening, stating that United are hoping to conclude the transfer before the squad fly out for the pre-season tour of America on Sunday.

Blind played 141 matches during his four seasons at Old Trafford, scoring 6 and assisting 10 goals, and found that his versatility made him a good member of both Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho‘s squads – featuring at centre-back, left-back and in midfield.

He hasn’t quite taken Mourinho’s fancy though, and will leave England after winning an FA Cup, League Cup, Community Shield and Europa League.

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