Manchester United’s new £14 million deadline day signing Daley Blind prefers a role in the centre of midfield, as stated by his former manager Frank de Boer, which has been reported by the Daily Mail.
Blind, who worked under his new manager Louis van Gaal for the Dutch national side at the World Cup, is regarded as something of a utility player, able to operate in several roles across the pitch without suffering as a result.
Van Gaal used him primarily as a left sided defender during the Netherlands’ World Cup campaign, when they reached the semi finals, but he has featured across the park throughout his career.
De Boer, however, has said that Blind now prefers to play as a holding midfielder in the centre of the park.
He said: “He [Blind] started as a full-back but I think now he prefers to be a controlling midfielder.
“He’ll have two or three options [at United] – either at wing-back or on the left in a central midfield pairing.
“For Daley it’s a great transfer. He’s been playing for Ajax since he was 10 years old and now he can hopefully show his qualities at United.
“He’ll have to get used to the rhythm of the league first, but he’s a really quick thinker and nowadays that’s very important.”
The Dutch manager has led Ajax to four successive Dutch league titles, and was linked with a move to Spurs this summer before Mauricio Pochettino was appointed.
Chelsea’s new signing Loic Remy has accused Liverpool of acting dishonestly this summer when it came to his transfer, having seen his move to the Anfield club collapse after reportedly failing a medical, as reported by The Metro.
The ex-Queens Park Rangers star travelled to Boston in the United States of America to carry out a medical with the Merseyside club, having agreed a £8 million move to the Reds that seemed on the cusp of completion, but was sent home after an examination revealed something that the club thought was not acceptable for a new signing.
Remy, however, is not impressed by the situation surrounding the deal collapsing, and complained about it in an interview with The Sun.
He said: “It was not very honest from their side.
“I was not scared. I know exactly what I have, I met all the specialists in the world. A lot of players share the same situation as mine and Liverpool know it.”
He eventually completed a move to Stamford Bridge, replacing striker Fernando Torres who moved to AC Milan on a two year loan deal, and will be hoping to get his revenge against Liverpool later this season.
Chelsea and Arsenal are ready to do battle for the signature of Valencia’s 21 year old Spanish starlet Paco Alcacer, as reported by the Daily Express.
A good start to the La Liga season for Valencia has seen Alcacer develop an increasingly respected reputation, and he earned a call up to Vicente del Bosque’s national side as a result.
The striker then boosted his reputation even further by scoring on his debut for the former World champions, putting Macedonia to the sword on Monday night.
There have been interests from other top sides in Europe before, with Barcelona looking to sign Alcacer in 2011, but he decided to stay at Valencia, and judging by the opportunities he’s been granted, this was the best decision.
Reports in Spain now suggest that Arsenal and Chelsea are both looking to bring him in in a bargain January move.
His current contract includes a clause which allows him to move for only £14.5 million, which would allow either club to sign him for less than his true value.
Valencia are hoping to rectify this by committing him to new terms which would see his buy out clause rise to £25 million.