Roma move on after failing to agree fee for Man Utd defender

Blind in action against Bristol City. Image PA

Roma engaged in negotiations with Manchester United for Blind

To much of a surprise here in the final days of the January transfer window, Roma and Manchester United are discussing a possible deal that would see Netherlands global Daley Brind swap English football for Italian "calcio" in Rome.

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. I can confirm that Roma want him, but Manchester United don't want to loan him out and only want a permanent solution.

United have already triggered a clause to extend Blinds contract until 2019, but are willing to let him leave, with Ashley Young and Luke Shaw seemingly cementing their places as the two front runners to be the long term left back. The price is good, but the operation is hard.

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.

Mourinho wants to keep this group.

The decision to retain Blind comes amid the absence of Ivory Coast worldwide Eric Bailly, who has not played since November after undergoing ankle surgery, while Axel Tuanzebe has moved to Aston Villa on a six-month deal. "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". The utility man made his fair share of appearances last season under Jose Mourinho, but has found himself on the outside looking in more often than not this season.

One move United have completed on deadline day is the return of 21-year-old midfielder Matty Willock from a season-long loan spell at FC Utrecht.

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