Roma sweating in bid to sign Manchester United star Chris Smalling
The central defender spent last season on loan at the Stadio Olimpico. He enjoyed a fine season and was among the best defenders in the league.
Given his performances, it is no surprise Roma want him back on a permanent basis. Smalling too is in favour of a move. (h/t Daily Mail)
However, they are yet to make an offer that is to United’s liking. The Red Devils want £18m for the player and are waiting for Roma to return with an improved offer.
It will see the 30-year-old join once more on a loan with an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.
Roma boss Paulo Fonseca remains keen to bring in Chris Smalling on a permanent basis. However, he is aware that the finances involved are proving to be a concern.
Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan are also keeping tabs on Smalling. While Roma are still the favourites to land him, their financial situation could give the Nerrazzuri a chance to pounce.
Inter took Alexis Sanchez off our hands this summer. It remains to be seen if they do the same for Smalling as well.
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While United are digging in their heels over Smalling’s valuation, so are Porto for Alex Telles. With just five days to go before the window closes, both clubs are yet to come to an agreement.