In Focus: Blind has plenty to offer a club willing to give him more first-team football

As reported by The Mirror, Manchester United are set to cash in on Daley Blind this summer despite recently extending his contract by another year.

What’s the story?

Blind has struggled to find regular first team football at United this season, either because he wasn’t in Jose Mourinho’s plans or more recently because of an ankle injury.

The Red Devils though chose to take up the option of a year’s extension on his current contract.

The Mirror report however that the extension was only so they could recoup some of the £14m fee spent on him when he joined in 2014 and will listen to offers for him when the transfer window opens this summer.

Will they miss him?

It’s clear that Mourinho doesn’t need Blind to achieve his aims at United and while he’s proven to be a useful squad player this season, he’s only made five Premier League appearances.

Unlikely then that they’ll miss him too much but at 27 years of age, he has plenty to offer other Premier League sides or even top continental clubs.

Rated at £18m by Transfermarkt, he would be a bargain in today’s inflated market. With 139 appearances for United and 143 more for Ajax, he has extensive experience of both domestic and European football.

His hard working displays have won plaudits from supporters and his ability to carry the ball from defence into midfield and deliver dangerous crosses would benefit many clubs, as would his versatility to play a number of positions.