Manchester United standing firm on Chris Smalling valuation
The 30-year-old was sent out on loan following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s refusal to guarantee regular first-team football. He has rebuilt his reputation in the Italian capital and is a key member of the Roma squad.
Smalling has made 36 appearances in all competitions. During this time he has scored three goals and two assists. Although Roma are keen to sign him on permanently, United’s asking price has remained a sticking point. (h/t Express)
It appears that the Italians have now lost patience. They are now eyeing former Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen as a cheaper alternative. (h/t Express)
The Belgian veteran is a free agent following the expiry of his contract in North London. Being a free agent, Vertonghen would come in as a much cheaper option than Smalling. (h/t Express)
The Red Devils are not keen to send the player out on loan again. According to the report, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward remains confident that the club will get their asking price.
With Borussia Dortmund demanding £108m for Sancho, every penny we can bring in will matter. Hopefully, Woodward’s assertions will turn right with us getting top dollar for Smalling.
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