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Serie A giants ready to pay €15m for veteran English star but Man United want €20m

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Manchester United and Roma €5m apart in their valuation for Chris Smalling

According to Sky Italy (h/t Sky Sports), Roma are set to make another bid for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling.

The Italians are ready to pay €15m for the player while United are holding out for €20m. Roma are however set to make a fresh bid that will be worth €15m plus add-ons.

Whether the offer will be enough to convince United remains to be seen.

Roma set to make a fresh bid for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling
Roma set to make a fresh bid for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling

The veteran defender is keen to return to Roma after impressing on loan last season. He established himself as one of the league’s finest defenders during his stint in Serie A.

Despite both the player and Roma keen to make the deal permanent, United have refused to budge on their asking price for the player.

The player’s entourage also remains ready to move once a deal is accepted. As reported by the Daily Mail, Smalling’s agent James Featherstone has put a private plane on standby to fly out to Italy at short notice.

Smalling is keen to move to Roma
Smalling is keen to move to Roma

The 30-year-old has cut a frustrated figure around Carrington and looks likely to be frozen out if he does not move on before this evening’s deadline. (h/t Mirror)

If the deal comes to fruition, he will become the fourth United player to move to Italy this summer.

Alexis Sanchez completed a move to Inter Milan earlier this summer. Midfielder Andreas Pereira and defender Diogo Dalot meanwhile have joined Lazio and AC Milan on loan respectively.

Will Smalling join Dalot at AC Milan instead?
Will Smalling join Dalot at AC Milan instead?

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Roma manager Paulo Fonseca was confident of signing Smalling. It remains to be seen if he was right to do so.

According to the report, AC Milan could make a move for Smalling if they miss out on Chelsea ace Antonio Rudiger.