Daley Blind
Blind's versatility will be beneficial to Manchester UnitedReuters

Ajax director of football Marc Overmars insists that Manchester United will not be getting Daley Blind on the cheap and they will need to pay big money for the 24-year-old's signature.

The Dutchman, who was impressive under Louis van Gaal as the Netherlands finished third in the 2014 World Cup, has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer.

Although, earlier, it was believed that Manchester United were close to securing the Dutch international's signature, the move failed to materialise and the Red Devils began concentrating on their other transfer targets.

Now as they have successfully landed Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria for a British transfer record of £59.7 million, they have reportedly turned their attentions back to Blind.

However, Overmars, who revealed that Ajax have received no bids from United, has warned the Red Devils that they will need to make a very generous offer to convince the Dutch side to part with Blind this summer.

"There's some rumblings around Daley, some clubs enquired, but there is no concrete offer. With Manchester United, there is no contact at all," Overmars told De Telegraaf.

"We believe that we currently have a strong team and want Daley to stay for another year. Only if the absolute price is paid is a transfer negotiable.

"Daley's management know how we feel at the moment. Next year we will have a much more lenient policy, we are willing to talk with Daley and we will settle for a reasonable price."

United are currently in need of new defensive players, having made a horrid start to the new season, with Van Gaal's men failing to register wins in their opening two English Premier League games, and suffering a humiliating 4-0 defeat at the hands of League One side MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.

The versatile Blind, who was voted the Dutch Footballer of the Year after helping Ajax win their fourth successive Eredivisie title last season, would be a good addition to the Red Devils squad as he is capable of playing in a number of midfield and defensive positions.

Despite usually being deployed as a central midfielder by Ajax manager Frank de Boer, he also impressed as left wing-back and a centre-back for Netherlands in the 2014 World Cup.

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