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Manchester United complete Daley Blind signing from Ajax

Louis van Gaal makes Daley Blind his fifth signing of the summer transfer window as Blind completes his move from Ajax to Manchester United.

Manchester United have completed the signing of Netherlands international Daley Blind from Ajax for 14 million pounds.

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Blind, 24, becomes United's fifth major summer signing and takes their spending to 146 million pounds.

The former Premier League champions were interested in Blind for several weeks before finally making a move and they had a bid accepted on Friday.

Blind then passed a medical and agreed personal terms with United as he is reunited with Louis van Gaal, whom he played under at the 2014 World Cup.

He operated largely as a defensive midfielder for Ajax but played as a left wing-back and a left-sided centre-back as Van Gaal's Dutch side finished third in the World Cup.

Blind told the media at the weekend: "I just want to be part of the team, in whatever role that is going to be, in defence or in midfield. I got a call on Friday night that the clubs had agreed a deal. I was with my girlfriend and we went to my parents to drink a glass of wine.

"I am enormously proud to be at one of the biggest clubs in the world. Everything has happened so suddenly. What exactly has gone off in the background only my agent and my dad know, but it was a very exciting and tense time."

Blind had taken to social media at to express his gratitude to the Ajax supporters, having been with the club since his childhood.

United have also signed Southampton left-back Luke Shaw for an initial 27 million pounds, Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera for 28.8 million pounds, Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo for 16 million pounds and Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria for a British record fee of 59.7 million pounds.

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