Daley Blind has found himself at the centre of transfer speculation, with Italian powerhouse Juventus stated to be interested in the Dutchman.
The versatile star is in his fourth year in England, and this season, he has found chances hard to come by both as a central defender and a left-back.
He has mostly featured in the Champions League group stage for United, and with stiff competition for places, he could force an exit from the club soon.
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The Mancunian club has Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, and Ashley Young fighting for the left-back role besides Blind. With Jose Mourinho mainly preferring Young in the position in league matches, the rest of the quartet is slated to get chances in Cup competitions instead.
Central defence is filled with Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof, while Eric Bailly is injured.
Juventus are said to have entered the race for Blind, as their manager Massimiliano Allegri is a fan of the Dutch international.
The Italian club’s left-back, Alex Sandro, who is also wanted by Chelsea, could leave the club next month or in the summer, after reports saying he isn’t happy in Turin have come through. Moreover, the emergence of Kwadwo Asamoah has limited the former’s game time.
Blind could be a vital addition to the Juve squad, and challenge Asamoah for the position. Besides Juventus, Spanish giants Barcelona too, are said to be interested in the United man, with Inter Milan in his pursuit as well.
The question that arises is whether Jose is ready to lose the player, with reports claiming earlier that he isn’t fond of Blind. The player will attract a lucrative sum, after signing for the Old Trafford unit in 2014 under Louis van Gaal.
A report in The Sun claims that Man Utd could offer Blind-plus-cash to land Sandro instead, as Jose eyes key players in certain areas. For now, the Dutchman will hope to make the chances he gets count, and change the scenario instead.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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