Manchester United have agreed on a deal for Daley Blind, who will return to his former club Ajax for an initial fee of £14 million, which can rise as high as £18.5 million through performance-based add-ons, as reported by the BBC.
This will mean that the Mancunian club has made a fair profit on the Dutch international, who was initially purchased by Louis van Gaal on deadline day in 2014 for a sum of £13.8 million.
Blind’s stay at United was a fruitful tenure, as he was a crucial part in the club winning their major laurels of the FA Cup, League Cup, and the UEFA Europa League.
While initially given a more central-defensive holding midfielder role, the seasons under Jose Mourinho saw him being used as a traditional defender, often even being relegated to flank-duty.
This saw his usefulness dwindle quite a bit, so much so that apart from Champions League cameos, he really wasn’t that crucial of a player in last year’s campaign. This is what spurred on the initial rumors that he was exit-bound at the start of the window, alongside Matteo Darmian.
However, Mourinho had then come out and stated that both players were in his plans for this season, and that unless they requested a departure, no sale would be made.
With this major update, one can only ascertain that a departure was badly required by the 28-year-old, who clearly saw a return to Ajax as his best-bet for regular football.
Ajax manager Erik ten Hag had this to say about his side’s latest signing: “[He is] a player with a lot of experience, in the Premier League and in the Dutch national team. He is a stable personality. Just like the arrival of Dusan Tadic, this also counts as a considerable effort of the club.”
What does this mean for the other players at Old Trafford, whose futures are under some doubt as well?