Bayern Munich are set to complete a surprise deal for ex-Manchester United defender Daley Blind following his exit from Ajax last week.
The 32-year-old mutually agreed to terminate his contract with the Dutch giants despite having six months left to run on the deal.
His exit brought the curtain down on a glittering second spell with the Amsterdam club, helping them lift the Eredivisie title in 2019, 2021 and 2022.
Speaking on his departure, Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar said:
“I hope he can find another club to end his successful career with. Together with Daley, we have decided on a match in the Arena where he can say a proper goodbye to the supporters.”
It appears that Blind’s wait to find a new club will be a brief one, though, with Bundesliga champions Bayern ready to tie up a deal for the Dutchman.
According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Blind will pen a deal until the end of the season.
“FC Bayern are set to sign Daley Blind! Surprising move confirmed. Agreement in place for Dutch defender who parted ways with Ajax few days ago. First call, @telegraaf.
Blind joined Manchester United in 2014 and helped them lift the FA Cup in 2016 and Europa League and EFL Cup a year later.
He departed Old Trafford in 2018 and returned to boyhood club Ajax, making 231 appearances during his second stint.
In 2020, Blind collapsed during a pre-season friendly and was later diagnosed with heart muscle inflammation.
He was subsequently fitted with an S-ICD (Subcutaneous Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator) which is prescribed for patients perceived to be at risk of sudden cardiac death.
Blind was a part of Louis van Gaal’s 26-man squad for the World Cup in Qatar, playing almost every minute of the Netherlands’ surge to the quarter-finals.