Barcelona look set to pull off one of the most unlikely transfers of 2018.
Manchester United star Daley Blind fell down the pecking order at Old Trafford soon after the introduction of Ashley Young into the left wing-back role, alongside a rejuvenated Chris Smalling.
Contrastingly, the Dutchman was burdened with many defensive duties last season, and was seen playing in multiple positions when the moment begged.
However, that almost seems like ancient history, as a backline of Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Ashley Young proved to be the winning formula for Jose Mourinho.
Nevertheless, the defender is still popular in the transfer market, and even Barca have emerged as surprise bidders for his signature.
According to Marca, Ernesto Valverde is keen on stabilising his side’s defensive prowess, especially with Javier Mascherano looking less reliable each season. Moreover, the Argentine is also linked with a departure from the Nou Camp by the end of the season.
Consequently, the Catalans see the Dutch international as a possible contender for the spot, and are keen on availing his versatility as a defender.
Further, the Blaugrana are also reportedly monitoring Lazio star Stefan de Vrij, who is also wanted by Juventus, Liverpool, and Atletico Madrid.
Nevertheless, the 27-year-old United star does seem to have a chance of donning the colours of the most successful football club in history simply due to the fact that his contract is set to expire by the end of this season.
Written by Ashish Sreejith
Have had two addictions in life- playing football and watching football. Usually described as introverted but not when it comes to speaking and writing about the beautiful game of football.