Seydou Keita travelling to Italy ahead of Roma transfer

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Manchester United and Liverpool look to have missed out on the signature of Seydou Keita after the midfielder travelled to Italy on Thursday ahead of a proposed transfer to Roma.

Sky Sports reports how the 34-year-old Mali international is available as a free agent after leaving Valencia with whom he spent six months during the 2013/14 campaign.

Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal had been credited with an interest in bringing the veteran to Old Trafford this summer, but Keita appears to have spurned Manchester United's advances in favour of joining Rudi Garcia at Stadio Olimpico.

Liverpool were also mooted as admirers of the former Barcelona man, with Brendan Rodgers keen on adding experience to his Anfield ranks ahead of the Reds' return to the Champions League next season.

However, the Serie 'A' runners-up appear to have won the race for Keita's signature after successfully agreeing terms over a one-year deal with the option to extend his stay in the Eternal City by a further 12 months next summer.

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