Manchester United have completed the signing of Netherlands international Daley Blind from Ajax for £14m.
The “versatile” Dutchman has signed a four-year contract with the option for a further year.
The 24-year-old was part of coach Louis van Gaal’s squad at the 2014 Fifa World Cup and grabbed his first international goal in the 3-0 World Cup third-place match victory over hosts Brazil about two months ago.
He said: “It is a real honour to sign for Manchester United.
“I have been at Ajax since I was seven years old and I will always have very fond memories of the club and of my time there.
“Louis van Gaal is a tremendously talented coach, I have worked with him at Ajax and also for the Netherlands national team and I cannot wait to work with him at the biggest club in the world.”
He becomes the fifth player to arrive at Old Trafford under Van Gaal this summer, following Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and record signing Angel Di Maria.
United are also looking to see through a loan move for Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, after agreeing a deal with his parent club Monaco earlier in the transfer deadline day.
Blind made 102 league appearances for Ajax and won four Eredevisie titles in five seasons with Ajax first team.
Louis van Gaal said: “I am delighted Daley has signed for the club.
“He is a very intelligent and versatile footballer that can play in many positions.
“Daley is a great reader of the game, he has played under my philosophy over a number of years and he will be a great addition to the team.”