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Man Utd reach agreement to sign Blind
Netherlands defender Daley Blind celebrates after scoring against Brazil during the World Cup third place play-off at the National Stadium in Brasilia on July 12, 2014.London - Manchester United announced on Saturday that they have reached an agreement to sign versatile Netherlands international Daley Blind from Ajax. "MUFC has reached agreement with Ajax to sign Daley Blind, subject to a medical and personal terms," United said in a statement on the club's official Twitter page. Subject to agreeing personal terms and passing a medical examination, Blind is poised to become United's fifth close-season signing, as Van Gaal seeks to restore the club's flagging fortunes. A transfer fee has not been made public, but Dutch media reports say Blind will cost United between 18 million and 20 million euros. The son of former Dutch international defender Danny Blind, Daley impressed at the World Cup and played a key role as Van Gaal's side took third place behind Germany and Argentina. A product of the famed Ajax youth academy, he can play in a variety of positions, and is familiar with the 3-4-1-2 playing system that Van Gaal has introduced at Old Trafford. Van Gaal is expected to sell a number of players before the transfer window closes on Monday as he seeks to restructure his squad. England midfielder Tom Cleverley is in talks with Aston Villa, Japan playmaker Shinji Kagawa has been linked with Valencia and former club Borussia Dortmund, and Mexican striker Javier Hernandez is a reported target for Juventus. Van Gaal will be hoping to see his side record their first competitive win under his charge when they take on promoted Burnley in the league at Turf Moor later on Saturday, with Di Maria set to make his debut.

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