Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars has revealed Daley Blind’s transfer to Manchester United took place only via email.
Blind signed for United from Ajax for a fee of £14million in September 2014, signing a four-year contract with the option to extend for a further year.
The utility player, who can play in defence or midfield, was brought to Old Trafford following an impressive campaign with Ajax and Netherlands at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Usually, transfer negotiations between clubs take place in person, but in recent revelations, the former Arsenal legend surprisingly admits that Blind’s move was handled entirely using email.
Overmars reveals that manager Louis van Gaal or anyone from United’s representatives didn’t fly to Amsterdam to meet the player andUnited were happy to meet Ajax’s asking price for Blind and that all interactions between the clubs took place only via email.
Overmars said to De Telegraaf: “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.
“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.
Overmars also suggested for a club like Man United to pay €18 million will not have been a great amount of money to worry about.
“That just goes to show big clubs like Manchester United do not get overly worried about such big transfer fees,” he added.
Blind was a regular starter under Van Gaal and also has made a good impression on current boss Jose Mourinho. He has made 15 appearances for United this season and recently made total 100 appearances for the Red Devils in the 4-0 win over Feyenoord on Thursday in the Europa League. He has featured in the centre-back position and also as a left-back for United this season.