Roma technical director explains why they didn’t pursue Daley Blind signing

by Marwan Harraz

Roma technical director Monchi has explained just why his club didn’t follow through with their pursuit of Manchester United man Daley Blind.

The Dutchman had been on the Italian’s club’s radar for much of the January transfer window according to reports and it appeared one deadline day that a move was imminent.

However, nothing transpired and Blind remains a United player, at least for the rest of the current season if rumours are to be believed.

The versatile footballer hasn’t been in Jose Mourinho’s good books this season and not for a lack of form but more so because he doesn’t suit his manager’s type of players.

The Portuguese boss is known to prefer pacy or strong players but Daley fits neither description and it seems as though he was dispensable to the club.

According to Goal, Monchi said: “We talked with Jonathan Silva even before the window opened, in expectation of Emerson leaving.

“Blind was offered to us three or four days ago, but we decided he was not the right player, even from an economic point of view, which is important.”

Talk of economics seems to make sense but talk of Daley Blind not being right for Roma appears to be a little harsh or incorrect.

If anything, the slower pace of the Serie A and more defensively or tactically sound teams should suit the Dutchman more than the Premier League does.

Blind is known for his intelligence and versatility and it can be argued that he would’ve done an excellent job for Roma regardless of where he would’ve played on the pitch.

However, wages can be understood and it’s likely that the Italian side will be incapable of matching his current earnings at Manchester United.

Roma aren’t exactly poor but they do have to operate within a budget and the indicator for that is their initial attempt to sign Daley on loan first.

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