Manchester United are set to try and sell Daley Blind this summer, even though they have just triggered an extension to his contract.
Blind’s contract was due to run out at the end of the season but United activated a clause they have in place with most of their players to extend his deal by 12 months.
The extension to the midfielder’s contract will mean United can recoup the £14million they spent on him four years ago by demanding a transfer fee this summer, according to the Mirror.
Roma had enquired about signing the Dutchman on loan in January but United rejected their approach in favour of a more permanent solution.
The Serie A club will be back in the summer but now United can force them to pay up for their man.
Blind, who has been out for two months with an ankle injury, does not have a future in Jose Mourinho’s plans.
Man United have made a habit of triggering these contract extensions and recently Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young joined Blind in having their deals at the club extended.
By doing this the club increase their flexibility with renegotiating contracts and are able to better protect their assets.
It enables them to add value to players, as in Blind’s case, or extend current deals if new terms cannot be agreed.
However it does not always work. United paid £27.5million for Mauroane Fellaini but he looks set to leave for free this summer after triggering his contract extension at the end of last season.