The 26-year-old was a purchase of Louis van Gaal in 2014 for a reported fee of £14 million from Ajax and has established himself as a popular figure amongst United’s faithful. He currently is on a wage pack of £130,000-a-week with the Devils and is contracted until 2018, but the sources have confirmed that he might leave in the upcoming summer.
Blind, who is capable of playing in at least three positions, has been a trusted deputy for Jose Mourinho whenever stepped onto the field, but even after this, Manchester United are reportedly not keen to extend his stay and will look to offload him to fund a move for Benfica’s Victor Lindelof – who, according to Metro Sport, will cost the Old Trafford outfit a fee of around £40m.
United came agonizingly close to sign the Swedish centre-half in the recently concluded winter transfers, but for some reasons, the move didn’t materialize, but they are well expected to launch another move for the 22-year-old in summer.
A United source was quoted by The Sun as saying: “Blind is one of the men set to go early this summer. He has a while left on his deal.
“There are no plans to give him a new contract though. He’s running out of time to impress the boss. He has been very versatile for the club and a good servant, but Jose thinks he has better options now.”
Blind formed a formidable partnership alongside Chris Smalling at the heart of defence last season, but as soon as Jones was given a green signal and Mourinho bought Eric Bailly, the Dutchman’s role has been very limited.
Blind, on his part, has been an entrusted lawman and even though he lacks the physical aspect of the game, he makes it up with his explicit reading of the game.