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CEO of Serie A outfit in London to hash out a deal for Man United veteran star



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AS Roma CEO in London to secure Chris Smalling deal

According to Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Mirror), AS Roma CEO Guido Fienga is in the UK to negotiate with Manchester United for the signing of Chris Smalling.

The 30-year-old Smalling spent the 2019/20 campaign on loan at the Serie A club and enjoyed a stellar season. The England international made 37 appearances, scoring three goals and two assists in all competitions. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Smalling has made no secret of his intentions to return to the Italian capital for the upcoming season. However, Roma have been unable to meet Manchester United’s £20m valuation for the Englishman. (h/t Mirror)

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Smalling did very well on loan at AS Roma

However, as per the report, there has been some progress made in negotiations between the two clubs. And now, Roma chief Fienga is in London in order to push through a move for Smalling.

The deal that is being negotiated will see Roma sign Smalling on loan for 2020/21 for a fee, with an obligation to make the transfer permanent next year. (h/t Mirror)

Smalling completed ten years at Manchester United this summer, having signed from Fulham in 2010.

The 30-year-old had been a regular for most of his decade-long stint at the club. But he fell down the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following the arrival of Harry Maguire. This led to him joining Roma.

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Apart from the Italian capital club, Inter Milan and Newcastle United are also keen on signing the 30-year-old. (h/t Mirror)

Smalling, though, is intent on signing for Roma and is willing to ‘dig his heels in’, in order to secure his favoured transfer. (h/t Mirror)