Man United are apparently ready to offer Daley Blind to Ajax as bait to convince them into letting Justin Kluivert come the other way.
The Old Trafford club has been keeping a close eye on the youngster’s development since Jose Mourinho was appointed manager. The Portuguese boss enjoyed a good relationship with Justin’s legendary father, Patrick Kluivert, during his playing days, and even met the now 18-year-old when he was just a baby.
The pair was reunited once more after last season’s Europa League final, which Mourinho’s side won, and the two took a brief moment to catch up with each other after the full-time whistle.
Since then, the United boss has ordered his scouts to constantly update him on Justin’s development, incase he shows signs of potentially being as good as his dad, which he has. Therefore, Jose is now ready to move in for the Dutchman, and is believed to be ready to send his compatriot the other way.
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Daley Blind has struggled for game time this season, making just five appearances in the Premier League so far. He has served United brilliantly during his three-and-a-half year spell at the Theatre of Dreams so far, having been used in every position across the back four as well as being deployed as a defensive midfielder on occasion. However, his versatility has been his biggest enemy, as he has struggled to really nail down a spot in the first team.
With more specialists in the positions he once used to fill coming into the team, he may now be forced out, and a move back to his former club looks more than likely. According to The Daily Mirror, Blind would be open to a move back to the club whose academy he graduated out of, and Ed Woodward is set to use him as bait to tempt Ajax to sell Kluivert to United.
Speaking about his reunion with Mourinho at the end of the Europa League final last season in an interview with FourFourTwo magazine, Kluivert said: ‘He said it was nice to see me again after such a long time, because he had known me when I was a baby
‘And he said it was nice to see that I was doing well. My highlight has been the Europa League final, even though I didn’t play. Such an occasion is unique and to be there was so special. You won’t experience that often.
‘My two main goals are winning the Eredivisie title with Ajax and then making my debut for the Netherlands, and of course to keep improving. I want to improve on everything. I’m still young. I give everything in training and I also make a point of trying to improve even the things that already going well.’