Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan are plotting to hijack a deal for Man United defender Chris Smalling in this summer transfer window ahead of their league counterpart AS Roma.
Most Italian Serie A clubs monitored closely, the impressive performance of the Red Devils player when he spent the just-concluded season with AS Roma and are now hunting for his signature.
Chris Smalling has now returned to the Old Trafford with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hoping they can now work with him after the improvement seen during his loan spell.
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However, AS Roma have been knocking again for Chris Smalling with the hope that they will land him on a permanent basis and Man United are already considering that option as they have named £25 million as his price tag.
With Inter Milan also interested in his service, they are hoping to hijack the deal from AS Roma by banking on the relationship they have with Man United to negotiate a fee.
Gazzette dello Sport reports that the Serie A giants will use the arrival of Alexis Sanchez as a negotiating tool to convince United into lowering their fee for the player.
It could turn out to be for the highest bidder as Man United are looking forward to cashing in to be able to do other summer deals.