Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is determined to return to the Italian capital of Rome to sign permanently for AS Roma according to the various reports coming out of Italy.
Smalling spent last season on loan at AS Roma from Manchester United and he’s keen to return according to renowned transfer news guru Fabrizio Romano.
The Three Lions of England international impressed during his AS Roma loan spell last season with three goals and two assists in 30 Serie A games. Despite his performances, AS Roma were not able to qualify for Champions League football.
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AS Roma finished the season in 5th spot as the quartet of Juventus, Inter Milan, Atalanta and Lazio qualified for Champions League as the top four teams.
Another journalist Nico Schira revealed that Chris Smalling has reached an agreement on a salary worth £8m on a yearly basis. He further said that AS Roma and Manchester United are in talks over his transfer to Italy for a fee between £16m and £18m.
Chris Smalling became a Manchester United player a decade ago on the back of his transfer from West London side Fulham. The Red Devils paid around £10m for his signature back then under the Sir Alex Ferguson era.
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The decision by Man United to let go of Chris Smalling to Italian Serie A outfit AS Roma has not gone down well with former Tottenham and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson.
The Red Devils cash in £18 million from the sale of the defender after enjoying his service for 10 years, making about 300 appearances for the club in all competitions.
Paul Robinson said the decision by the Red Devils was wrong because they needed a centre-back and did not bring in any before sanctioning the sale of Chris Smalling.
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According to the former England international, Chris Smalling still has a lot to offer, citing the fact that he had a good season last season when he was with AS Roma on loan.
Paul Robinson noted that should the Red Devils decide to bring in a new defender, they could end up with a player at Chris Smalling’s level and that makes it a bad decision for the club.
However, pundits thought that the Red Devils were keeping Chris Smalling for failing to buy a new centre-back and were only waiting for it to happen before sanctioning the sale but that was never the case.
The Red Devils were linked with several defenders during the summer transfer window but ended up signing a left-back.
AS Roma want another Man United player
It is being reported that Italian Serie A outfit AS Roma are now asking for another Man United player as they are desperate to bolster their team for the challenge this season.
AS Roma have been in talks the Red Devils, for the signature of Chris Smalling, after enjoying his services on a loan term last season but that has not been able to work through owing to the asking price.
In the process of negotiating the Chris Smalling deal, AS Roma have enquired for the availability of Diogo Dalot on loan and have been told he will only leave the club on a permanent deal.
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Now it is reported that the Italian Serie A are considering the option of securing the service of Timothy Fosu-Mensah on a loan deal. The 22-year-old graduated from Man United academy in 2016 but has struggled for playing time with just 28 appearances.
He was in the starting sheet of the Red Devils for the season’s opener against Crystal Palace ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka but it is not certain he will be given more of those opportunities.
AS Roma are now considering the option of landing him on loan alongside the deal for Chris Smalling and that was expected to be negotiated before the summer transfer window shuts down on Monday.
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Man United have been going back and front with Italian Serie A outfit AS Roma over the signature of Chris Smalling and it is understood that the bid to make a deal happen has not ended.
AS Roma had a feel of Chris Smalling last season as he was with the club on a season loan and they are keen on having him at the club on a permanent basis but they have failed to agree on a fee with the Red Devils.
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Reports confirm that is also keen to leave Man United for Rome after falling in love with the city but from all indications, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not willing to release him as he would be in need of options in the defence.
After having their first bid of £12 million rejected by Man United, AS Roma are set to submit an improved bid that will be close to the £20 million asking price by the Red Devils and they are very confident of landing the deal before the deadline day.
However, AS Roma are also eyeing a swoop for Diogo Dalot and are reported to be considering an option of a loan deal. They will ask United for his availability.