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Roma director Monchi confirms they were offered Daley Blind in January — but turned Manchester United down

Versatile Dutchman's contract at Old Trafford runs out in summer, and Jose Mourinho attempted to offload him

Roma director Monchi confirmed the club were offered Daley Blind during the January transfer window, but turned down the chance to sign him.

Reports in the build up to Deadline Day suggested the versatile Dutchman was closed to a joining the Giallorossi.

Daley Blind was offered to Roma during January transfer window

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Daley Blind was offered to Roma during January transfer window

Roma director Monchi claims club felt Daley Blind too expensive to sign

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Roma director Monchi claims club felt Daley Blind too expensive to sign

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And Monchi hinted they couldn’t afford the former Ajax man.

He said: “Blind was offered to us and he was evaluated from both a sporting and financial point of view.

“However, we decided not go get him. Let’s not forget the financial stand point — otherwise, we’d sign every player in the world.”

Monchi also declared himself satisfied with the deal to sell Emerson Palmieri to Chelsea for £17.5million.


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Jose Mourinho was keen to offload Daley Blind, whose contract expires in summer

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Jose Mourinho was keen to offload Daley Blind, whose contract expires in summer

Monchi declared himself satisfied with sale of Emerson Palmieri to Chelsea

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Monchi declared himself satisfied with sale of Emerson Palmieri to Chelsea

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The left-back has played just 16 minutes this term, as he recovered from a serious knee injury.

Monchi added: “When I arrived, I found a squad with a lot of quality and now I see them and think we are a physically, tactically and technically strong team.

“We sold a player to Chelsea for a lot of money, who played just one match for us.”

Roma also came close to losing Edin Dzeko in January, but the player rejected a move to Stamford Bridge at the 11th hour.