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Daley Blind linked with return to former club Ajax

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The Dutchman is possibly on his way out of Manchester United.

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The end of the line.
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Manchester United have been scouting Alf-Inge Haaland’s son, Erling. The 17-year-old striker has been scouted a number of times by United’s team, and his goalscoring ways have grabbed plenty of attention over the last few months. Any move for the player might be complicated by potential antipathy between the striker, United’s fans and his father. Haaland Sr blames Roy Keane for the end of his career, while Keane holds a grudge with Haaland Sr mocking him while suffering his own serious injury. As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the manager of Molde, that might help him decide to overcome any reluctance.

United might be finally selling Daley Blind. The Dutch John O’Shea has reportedly been priced out of a move to other clubs due to his wages. And to be fair to players, once they have signed a contract it is not their fault if someone else can’t afford them - Blind has to take care of himself in this situation, not United’s transfer plans. It seems that he might be returning to Ajax though, and Ajax’s boss has talked about his chances of getting the transfer done.

The Independent’s transfer blog talks about United making a move for Chelsea winger Willian. It seems that the choice for Willian could be between Barcelona and United, with Barcelona wanting to free up Lionel Messi for next season. United could use someone as talented as reliable as Willian, but with the transfer fee rumoured to be as high as £70m, it seems some exits from the club will be needed to finance the move.

United have been linked with Nabil Fekir, who had seemed set to join Liverpool before the World Cup only for them and Lyon fail to agree a transfer fee. Now Lyon’s president thinks that Fekir will remain at Lyon.

And in The Guardian you can read about the Anderlecht academy which fostered the talents of Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku, and other Belgian internationals.