AS Roma end interest in Blind as Manchester United rule out loan deal

source: football365

Roma’s potential move for Manchester United defender Daley Blind is reportedly off after the Serie A side have found a replacement for Chelsea’s new signing Emerson Palmieri.

The Italian side sold Palmieri to the Blues on Tuesday night in a deal worth £17.6million with another £7million in the form of add-ons.

Roma are keen to replace the left-back before the deadline, with Blind – who had been made available for transfer by the Red Devils – reportedly one of their top targets.

Luke Shaw has recently returned from injury for United, while Ashley Young has been preferred to Blind at left-back and the Dutchman has fallen right down the pecking order.

However, Blind won’t be moving to Roma, according to Italian football expert Gianluca di Marzio, who claims the Serie A outfit will instead sign Jonathan Silva from Sporting Lisbon.

The report claims Roma won’t pursue their interest in Blind any further and have agreed a five-year deal with Silva, with the defender set to join for £5.2million.

And Danny Blind, the United left-back’s dad and agent, has revealed further reasons for his son’s move to Roma falling through after the Red Devils apparently refused to entertain a loan offer.

“Time is running out because it’s the last day of the transfer window,” Blind Sr told LaRoma24.

“Yes, I can confirm that Roma want him but Manchester United don’t want to let him go on loan, only on a permanent basis.

“They don’t want to sell him now, only in the summer. The price is good, but the operation is difficult.

“It’s really difficult [for a transfer to happen] because Manchester United want to keep him to play in the Champions League, the Premier League and the FA Cup.

“The group is very united and they want him to stay.

“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.

“[Manager Jose] Mourinho wants to keep this group together. Maybe if we had a few days, a week perhaps, but we’ve only got a few hours.

“It’s really very difficult.”

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