Paulo Fonseca confident of signing Chris Smalling from Manchester United
The veteran defender is keen to return to Roma after impressing on loan last season. He established himself as one of the finest defenders in Serie A.
With just hours left to go before the window closes, Fonseca is confident Smalling will be a Roma player come the deadline.
He confirmed that the team still needs another centre-back and that the person is Smalling.
Italy has become something of a favoured haunt for United players. Romelu Lukaku moved to Inter Milan last summer and was joined by former skipper Ashley Young last January.
Chilean star Alexis Sanchez too spent last season on loan at the San Siro, before making a permanent move earlier this summer.
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Smalling has been at the club for almost a decade. He is amongst the last few players who have won the Premier League title under Sir Alex Ferguson.
It has not been a summer of intent at the Theatre of Dreams.