'Blind to Roma is difficult'

Posted February 01, 2018

It's claimed Blind is in talks with AS Roma about a potential transfer to Italy.

Jose Mourinho, the United manager, had played Blind in every competitive domestic and European cup match this season up until last Friday's FA Cup win over Yeovil Town.

United recently triggered an option to extend Blind's contract to the summer of 2019, but it has been widely believed for several weeks that was purely a move to ensure he would not leave as a free agent at the end of this season and that he would still be sold at the right price. With the Dutchman's current club wanting it, Roma wanting it, and Blind himself being keen, there's an outline agreement for the move, it's just the details that need sorting.

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Sky Italia wrote yesterday that Manchester United had offered the wingback to Roma, and it looked like the 27-year-old was up for the move.

However, for Blind, whose contract runs out next summer, time appears to be up, although a transfer to Roma appears to be hard.

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.

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"It's really hard because Man Utd wants to keep him, play in the Champions League, the Premier League, the FA Cup and can play in different competitions, the group is very united and they want it to stay. 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".

Playing 23 games in the Premier League, the Dutchman won 1.62 tackles per 90 minutes, more than Emerson managed at Roma (1.51).

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