Daley Blind clears the ball for United
Daley Blind was recruited by Louis van Gaal in the summer of 2014 Getty

Daley Blind has been offered to Barcelona after new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho deemed the Dutchman surplus to his requirements, according to Sport. The Spanish publication pointed out that the La Liga champions already tried to secure his services in the summer of 2014 and now could find themselves with the "surprise" candidate to bolster Luis Enrique's back-line in a deal worth around £14m ($20.1m).

Barcelona have publicly admitted in recent months that signing a versatile forward and a centre-back to partner Gerard Pique are the two top priorities for the coming summer transfer window, amid the uncertain future of Javier Mascherano, Thomas Vermaelen and Marc Bartra. Paris Saint Germain star Marquinhos and Athletic Club Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte have also been linked with a move to the Nou Camp in recent months.

However, Enrique's side have been forced to study other alternatives due to PSG and the Basque side's reluctance to negotiate the departure of their stars.

Sport claims that Barcelona have been alerted about the availability of club former target Blind after Sky Sports reported earlier this week that both he and Juan Mata will be the first two victims of Mourinho's arrival to Old Trafford.

Barcelona were linked with Blind when he excelled in the World Cup 2014. However, Louis van Gaal convinced his compatriot to move to Manchester United instead after the club agreed to pay around £14m to lure him away from Ajax.

The versatile defender has since played an important role during van Gaal's two-season reign at Old Trafford but Mourinho is understood to want a more physical defender to lead his back-line.


Sport claims that Blind's agent, Rob Jansen, has already contacted Barcelona and some other clubs to offer the services of the defender while United would be ready to let him go for a fee close to the £14m they paid to Ajax to secure his services.

The La Liga champions are considering his signing as they value Blind's versatility to play as a centre-back, left-back and even in the middle of the park. Furthermore, having grown in the Ajax academy, the Catalans believe he would fit quickly in the Barcelona passing game.