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Why Roma Must Pay £18m To Sign Chris Smalling

Timothy Aiyeku

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Italian Serie A giants AS Roma have been told to pay £18m for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling if they want to sign the England international permanently.

Chris Smalling is on loan at AS Roma from Manchester United at the moment having joined the capital club this summer.

The Manchester United loanee has impressed a great deal since joining AS Roma in the summer and he has been able to form a potent centre back partnership with Italian international Gianluca Mancini.

AS Roma want to make his loan deal permanent according to Italian news outlet Tuttosport and the aforementioned transfer fee has been quoted for the Italians.

Chris Smalling made just 17 appearances under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United last season and he became surplus to requirements at the club this summer following the acquisition of Harry Maguire from Leicester City.

Manchester United paid a world-record fee of £80m for a defender for Harry Maguire and his arrival prompted the exit of Chris Smalling to AS Roma.

In a recent interview with Football Italia, Chris Smalling confessed that he misses Manchester United before adding that he’s delighted with the start that he has made at his new club AS Roma.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.