Despite the agreement being made last week, this evening the transfer of Daley Blind from Ajax to Manchester United was confirmed.

“It is a real honour to sign for Manchester United,” he said. “I have been at Ajax since I was seven years old and I will always have very fond memories of the club and of my time there. Louis van Gaal is a tremendously talented coach, I have worked with him at Ajax and also for the Netherlands national team and I cannot wait to work with him at the biggest club in the world.”

Louis van Gaal is in Holland with the player this evening at the Player of the Year awards. Blind was named the best player in Holland last season. Whilst also being able to play at left-back, he played in central midfield for Ajax last season, and completed 1777 passes. No midfielder in the Eredivisie completed more.

“I am delighted Daley has signed for the club,” Van Gaal said. “He is a very intelligent and versatile footballer that can play in many positions. Daley is a great reader of the game, he has played under my philosophy over a number of years and he will be a great addition to the team.”