Liverpool have reportedly begun discussions to bring Daley Blind to Anfield. Club officials have opened talks with Ajax in the hope of landing him according to The Metro.
The Dutch international recently impressed during the Netherlands thrashing of Spain in their opening match of The World Cup where he played a key role and impressed a number of pundits.
The Metro reports that Liverpool would likely have to pay at least £12 million, though that price could increase if he puts in more excellent performances in Brazil.
Blind is a versatile player able to play at left back, centre back or as a defensive midfielder, which would make him an excellent addition to a squad that will be playing in both The Premier League and The Champions League next season.
The Merseyside club will be in need of squad depth and players who can fill in at a number of positions as they look to compete across multiple tournaments.
Liverpool face competition from both Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund according to the same source however, so they could face a tough battle to get his signature.
Blind may well be tempted to link up with his current national coach Louis van Gaal who will take over as manager at Old Trafford after The World Cup.
The 24 year old came up through the Ajax youth system before making his way into the senior side in 2008. After spending a spell on loan at Groningen in 2010 he has become a regular in the Dutch club’s side, making 99 league appearances and helping them to four Eredivisie titles.
He got his first call up to the Netherlands senior national side in 2013 having played at all youth levels. He has so far gained 13 caps but this is likely to increase as The World Cup progresses over the coming days and weeks.
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