According to Marc Overmars, Manchester United completed the transfer of Dutch defender Daley Blind from Ajax through email in 2014.
Manchester United paid £14 million for the versatile Dutch international in the summer of 2014, after he was impressive for his national team in the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The then manager of Netherlands national team, Louis van Gaal, was appointed the manager of Manchester United soon after the World Cup.
Van Gaal bought Daley Blind from Ajax in 2014, and as per Ajax’s sporting director Marc Overmars, the transfer was solely completed by email.
“In the past, a transfer like Daley Blind’s to Manchester United was precluded by lengthy negotiations. We did not even sit down around the table now. The entire transfer was done by email,” Overmars told the Dutch publication De Telegraaf.
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Manchester United were desperate to sign a defender in that transfer window, and this might be the reason why Van Gaal allowed handling the dealing completely by email.
“When Manchester United agreed to meet our asking price, I asked our financial director and legal department to deal with the paper work and that was it,” Overmars said.
Marc Overmars seems to have been impressed by Manchester United’s transfer policy of showing no hesitation in buying players.
“That just goes to show big clubs like Manchester United do not get overly worried about such big transfer fees,” he said.
Since joining Manchester United, Daley Blind has made 100 appearances for the club, and also won the FA Cup last season.