It is feared that Chris Smalling might not get his wish to leave Man United this summer transfer window as an agreement is yet to be reached between Italia Serie A outfit AS Roma and the Red Devils.

Chris Smalling was with AS Roma last season on a loan deal and he is now favoured to have a permanent move with the team keen on his services but they have not been able to agree on a fee with Man United.

ESPN reports that the Red Devils are insisting on £20 million for Chris Smalling which the Italian Serie A outfit cannot meet and that has kept the deal in a static state.

This development means the Red Devils could keep the player with them this season against his wish as he is reported to be keen on a move to Italy after falling in love with Rome.

There are feelers that Man United’s are only insisting on the £20 million fee for Chris Smalling as a tactic to keep him at the club until they are able to find a new centre-back that will partner Harry Maguire.

It would be recalled that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expressed satisfaction with Chris Smalling’s performance in Italy when the player returned to Old Trafford and hinted on working with him for the season.


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