Daley Blind negotiating move to AS Roma

Blind had played every game of United's season until last Friday's FA Cup match against Yeovil
Blind had played every game of United's season until last Friday's FA Cup match against Yeovil
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01 February, 2018

Roma need someone to replace Emerson - and while Blind is not a natural like-for-like replacement, he is much more defensively solid than Aleksander Kolarov and his defensive discipline would appeal to Eusebio di Francesco.

Manchester United will not give the green light for Daley Blind to join Roma in this window, according to the player's agent.

United were said to want to recoup the £13m they paid Ajax for Blind in 2014 but Roma have had any hopes of a deal dashed by Jose Mourinho's insistence to keep his squad together.

Blind, 27, has fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho, playing just three minutes of Premier League football since September.

Blind is now nursing an ankle injury, but the Daily Mail describes Roma as being "keen" to complete a deal before the January transfer window closes.

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"They don't want to sell him now, only in the summer. The price is good, but the negotiations are hard".

The Dutchman has played in all of Manchester United's UEFA Champions League matches this season - and hence will be ineligible for the Romans in that competition if he does make the switch.

"Italy would be an interesting choice for him, but Manchester United is a huge club that doesn't need to sell players and doesn't need the money".

Blind made himself a regular when he first moved to Old Trafford, starting in a defensive midfield role before being converted into a central defender by Louis van Gaal. "Maybe if we had a few days, a week perhaps [a deal would be possible], but we've only got a few hours, so it's really very hard".


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