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United will have to pay 'top price' for Blind

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Manchester United will have to pay "top price" in order to pry defensive target Daley Blind away from Ajax, the club's director of football Marc Overmars said.

Blind, who excelled for United manager Louis van Gaal at the World Cup, does interest the former Premier League champions and has long been on the Dutchman's radar.

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The player's agent, Rob Jansen, said earlier this week their camp have had no contact with United and now Ajax have warned it will take a big bid for them to even consider selling the 24-year-old.

"There's some rumblings around Daley, some clubs enquired, but there is no concrete offer. With Manchester United, there is no contact at all," former Arsenal winger 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."

Blind has usually operated as a central midfielder for Ajax but also played as a left wing-back and a centre-back for Van Gaal in the World Cup, helping the Netherlands to a third-place finish in Brazil.

Van Gaal is a former Ajax manager himself and worked with both Overmars and current manager Frank de Boer during his first spell in charge in Amsterdam but, while he knows both men well, he is yet to raise the issue of Blind.

The United manager is keen to strengthen his defensive options having endured a torrid start to the new season; the club are yet to win in the Premier League and suffered a humiliating exit to League One outfit MK Dons in the League Cup on Tuesday.

United are also interested in Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal and have already spent £132 million this summer, sealing a British record deal for Real Madrid's Angel di Maria on Tuesday.

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