Manchester United have agreed a fee with Ajax for the transfer of Holland international Daley Blind, Press Association Sport understands
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Ajax have told Manchester United they will not be able to sign Daley Blind on the cheap.
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.
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 told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
"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."
Ajax secured their fourth consecutive Eredivisie title at the weekend despite being held to a 1-1 draw by strugglers Heracles.
Defender Daley Blind later uploaded this wonderful behind-the-scenes video of the squad celebrating, filmed on a new GoPro Hero3.
Ajax clinched their fourth straight Eredivisie title with a 1-1 draw against Heracles Almelo.
Frank de Boer's side began the game six points clear of Feyenoord with two games to play.
"I am proud," De Boer said. "It was not the prettiest game, but eventually we dragged in the title."
Goal of the night in the Europa League went to Salzburg's Jonathan Soriano, who produced a Beckhamesque long-range effort from the halfway line.
The stunning goal wrapped up the 3-0 win at Ajax inside the opening 35 minutes.
Spurs are interested in signing Ajax attacking midfielder Davy Klaassen when the transfer window reopens at the end of the season.
Ajax want at least £10m for the Dutch Under-21 international, who has scored seven goals in ten league matches this season.
Arsenal and Man United are also thought to be monitoring the 20 year-old's progress.