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 ÂŁ17.6million with another ÂŁ7million in the form of add-ons.
Roma are keen to replace the left-back before the deadline, with Blind â€“ who had been made available for transfer by the Red Devils â€“ 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 ÂŁ5.2million.
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.
â€śTime is running out because itâ€™s the last day of the transfer window,â€ť Blind Sr told LaRoma24.
â€śYes, I can confirm that Roma want him but Manchester United donâ€™t want to let him go on loan, only on a permanent basis.
â€śThey donâ€™t want to sell him now, only in the summer. The price is good, but the operation is difficult.
â€śItâ€™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.
â€śThe group is very united and they want him to stay.
â€śItaly would be an interesting choice for him, but Manchester United is a huge club that doesnâ€™t need to sell players and doesnâ€™t need the money.
â€ś[Manager Jose] Mourinho wants to keep this group together. Maybe if we had a few days, a week perhaps, but weâ€™ve only got a few hours.
â€śItâ€™s really very difficult.â€ť