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Serie A giants interested in Man United star but admit that a deal might be difficult

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Roma sweating in bid to sign Manchester United star Chris Smalling

According to Gazzetta dello Sport via Sport Witness (h/t The Mirror), Serie A giants Roma believe a deal for Manchester United star Chris Smalling is difficult.

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)

Chris Smalling and Alexis Sanchez have done well in Italy
Chris Smalling performed well on loan in Italy

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.

The Italians however have other ideas. According to the report, the Giallorossi will return with a €15m bid for the player after paying €3m to take him on loan last season.

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.

Serie-A giants Roma believe a deal for Manchester United star Chris Smalling is difficult.
Roma are finding it difficult to pay for Manchester United star Chris Smalling

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.

Manchester United want £19m for Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez joined Inter Milan permanently

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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.

Serie A seems to be the flavour of the summer for Man United players. Andreas Pereira is on his way on loan to Lazio while Diogo Dalot has garnered interest from AC Milan.