Italian giants AS Roma have made a bid to sign defender Chris Smalling from Manchester United this summer.
According to the publication via Goal, the Italians have made a €12m offer to sign the player permanently after his successful loan spell at the club last season.
The 30-year-old centre back had a successful loan spell at the Stadio Olimpico and did more than enough for Roma to push for a permanent transfer.
Chris Smalling has been a Manchester United for a decade since his £10m transfer from Fulham in 2010.
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He was surplus to requirements at the start of last season on the back of the £80m signing of Harry Maguire from Leicester City and this prompted his loan move to Italy.
Recent reports had claimed that Manchester United are holding out for €16m-€18m for Chris Smalling before his transfer to AS Roma can be sanctioned.
For now, the player will fight for his place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team ahead of the new season.
His situation at Manchester United has not stopped the club from pursuing a move for another defender to form a potent partnership with the aforementioned Maguire. Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly is said to be high on their list of centre backs.
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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.