Ajax: No Manchester United contact, bid for Daley Blind
AUG 27, 2014 2:57p ET
Blind, who can play at the back or in midfield, was a key member of the Holland side which reached the semifinals of the World Cup under Louis van Gaal. United have repeatedly been linked with a move for the 24-year-old since van Gaal took charge at Old Trafford earlier this summer.
But Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf quote Ajax director of football Marc Overmars saying: "There's some rumblings around Daley, some clubs inquired, but there is no concrete offer. And with Manchester United, there is no contact at all."
And, according to Overmars, it will take a huge offer to prise Blind out of Amsterdam before next summer.
"We believe that we currently have a strong team and want Daley to stay for another year," he said. "Only if the absolute top price is paid is a transfer negotiable. Daley's management know how we feel at the moment. Next year we will have a much more lenient policy, we are willing to talk with Daley and we will settle for a reasonable price."
Manchester United's lack of depth was easy for all to see as fringe players like Anderson, Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa all failed to impress manager Louis van Gaal. The new United boss made his fourth signing of the summer on Tuesday in the shape of Angel Di Maria, who cost a British transfer record fee of £59.7million, and more new arrivals are expected before Monday's deadline.
Blind's agent Rob Jansen claimed on Tuesday United were yet to launch a bid to sign the 24-year-old son of former Holland international Danny Blind. Van Gaal, who is also interested in Arturo Vidal, hopes to include Di Maria in his squad for Saturday's trip to Burnley.
The Argentina international was not present at United's galling defeat at stadium:mk, but he will no doubt be aware of the club's poor plight. Van Gaal's team have taken one point from their opening two Premier League fixtures and the 63-year-old conceded last week it would take a "miracle" for United to lift the trophy in May.