Manchester United signed Daley Blind from Ajax in 2014 and the Dutch club's sporting director Marc Overmars has revealed the only communication between the two clubs to get the transfer completed was through emails.
The versatile player had an impressive 2014 Fifa World Cup with the Netherlands, where they finished third under Louis van Gaal's guidance. The latter moved to Old Trafford and Blind also followed him that same summer for a fee of £14m ($17.8m).
United did not send any officials or their then manager Van Gaal to have a sit down talk with Ajax to complete the transfer. Instead, the communication was done via emails and both clubs were successful in agreeing a fee, which saw the Dutch international make a switch to the Premier League.
The former Arsenal and Barcelona winger went on to admit that despite having the need to strengthen their squad in the summer of 2014, Blind's transfer from Ajax to Old Trafford shows United do not hesitate to complete a big money move.
"In the past, a transfer like Daley Blind's to Manchester United was precluded by lengthy negotiations. We did not even sit down around the table now. The entire transfer was done by email," Overmars told the Dutch publication De Telegraaf.
"When Manchester United agreed to meet our asking price, I asked our financial director and legal department to deal with the paper work and that was it.
"That just goes to show big clubs like Manchester United do not get overly worried about such big transfer fees."
Blind featured in the midfield in his debut season at Old Trafford. However, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager played him as a centre-back and he was impressive alongside Chris Smalling.
Jose Mourinho replaced Van Gaal last summer and even the Portuguese tactician has played Blind in the back four. He has featured in the centre-back position and also as a left-back for United this season.