Manchester United Close In On Double Deal For Netherlands Internationals

The Red Devils edge nearer to signing Blind and Kongolo.

It’s set to be a busy time for defensive recruitment at Manchester United as the club look to sign Ajax’s Daley Blind and Terence Kongolo from Feyenoord, according to the Mirror.

This is as well as landing Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon in a £16m deal, with new manager Louis van Gaal keen to bolster his back line ahead of the 2014/15 season.

Van Gaal knows both Blind and Kongolo well having managed them with the Netherlands national team and the 63-year-old is a keen admirer of both players.

The former is the more established figure having featured prominently for the Dutch at the 2014 World Cup as both a left-back and a central defender.

In fact it is the versatility of Blind that makes him such an attractive prospect, with the 24-year-old also having the ability to play in defensive midfield.

Kongolo meanwhile is a 20-year-old who was handed his international debut by van Gaal earlier in the year and so far has earned three caps for the Oranje.

The youngster is a centre-back who, like Blind, also has the capability to play as a left-back.

The Red Devils are on the lookout for new defenders having seen veterans Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic all leave Old Trafford this summer.

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