According to Sky Sports, Manchester United have reached an agreement with Dutch club Ajax for defender Daley Blind return to the Dutch capital. A reported fee of around £14.1million could rise to a potential £18million in add-ons.
Blind joined the Red Devils from the Dutch giants for a fee of around £14million four years ago, but he now looks set to return home. The 28-year-old has just one-year of his five-year deal, so United have moved fast to recoup the fee they paid for the defender.
Understandably, the Netherlands international has not flown out on to the US on the Red Devils tour, as he waits for the fine details of the move to be complete.
Blind has enjoyed mixed fortunes at Old Trafford. The versatile defender has made 90 appearances for the Red Devils, but fell down the pecking order last season under Jose Mourinho and played on just seven occasions last season.
The likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly and Viktor Lindelof were all ahead of him for a centre-back spot, while Ashley Young blocked his way to regular football at left-back.
The Dutch international has illustrated his great versatility at Old Trafford by playing at full-back, centre-back and also at times in the centre of midfield.
Ajax boss Eric ten Hag recently stated that the club was doing everything they could re-sign Blind, who is, of course, the son of Ajax and Holland legend Danny Blind.
The Red Devils tour will be missing 12 first team stars who featured at this summer’s World Cup, while Chilean attacker Alexis Sanchez did not travel with the squad after problems with his visa.
Mourinho will be hoping for his side to enjoy a strong tour, although he will not get a clear picture of where his squad are at until the World Cup players return from Russia and to training.
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