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'Blind won't come cheap'


Netherlands' Daley Blind. Photo: AP/Manu Fernandez

Netherlands' Daley Blind. Photo: AP/Manu Fernandez

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal. Photo: REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal. Photo: REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Angel di Maria

Angel di Maria


Netherlands' Daley Blind. Photo: AP/Manu Fernandez

LOUIS van Gaal has turned his attention to Arsenal target, defensive midfielder William Carvalho in a desperate bid to add some depth and strength to his faltering team.

And the Dutchman's efforts to find defenders has also hit a snag with the news that Marco Rojo move has yet to be completed and is embroiled in a complex ownership deal.

Van Gaal is still pursuing Ajex defender Daley Blind but will have to pay a huge fee to prise him loose, according to manager Marc Overmars.

To complete van Gaal's woes, Manchester United are still hedging on Arturo Vidal because of concerns over a long-term knew injury.

The shift to Carvalho came after Angel di Maria's agent, who also looks after the Sporting Lisbon midfielder, made Ed Woodward aware that his other client would be interested in a switch.

Woodward has already dealt with Sporting this season and allowed Nani to return there on loan with Rojo coming in the other direction.


However, delays in completing paperwork were thought to be the reason behind the fact that Rojo, who moved for £16m, has yet to play for van Gaal.

But, it has emerged that the problem lies between Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho and finance group Doyen which helped fund a £3.5m deal for Rojos when he moved to Portugal from Spartak Moscow in 2012.

Doyen believe that are due 75% of the Rojos deal but de Carvalho has claimed that Doyen placed his club under pressure to sell the Argentine defender to Manchester United and has blocked payment to the group.

As a result, the Premier League are examining the deal closely and what this means is that Rojo will not be available to play against Burnley on Saturday if his registration is not completed by noon tomorrow, creating another headache for the under siege van Gaal.

The need for reinforcements at Old Trafford was laid bare in the most humiliating fashion on Tuesday night as United were dumped out of the Capital One Cup with a 4-0 defeat to MK Dons.

United's lack of depth was easy for all to see as fringe players like Anderson, Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa all failed to impress manager Louis van Gaal.

The new United boss made his fourth signing of the summer on Tuesday in the shape of Angel di Maria, who cost a British transfer record fee of £59.7million, and more new arrivals are expected before Monday's deadline.

Van Gaal's pursuit of Blind, a versatile Dutchman who can play left-back or in central midfield, is on Van Gaal's transfer wish list, but Ajax want to hold on to the player for another year so they will not let him go cheaply in this window.

"We believe that we currently have a strong team and want Daley to stay for another year," Ajax director of football Marc Overmars said.


"Only if the absolute top 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."

Blind's agent Rob Jansen claimed on Tuesday United were yet to launch a bid to sign the 24-year-old son of former Holland international Danny Blind.

And Overmars said there had still been no enquiry from United for the player on Wednesday.

"There's some rumblings around Daley, some clubs enquired, but there is no concrete offer," the former Arsenal winger said.

"And with Manchester United, there is no contact at all."