Are Chris Smalling’s hopes of joining AS Roma starting to fade?
Chris Smalling seemed certain to leave Manchester United for a permanent transfer this summer, but are his hopes of a deal slowly fading?
After 10 years as a United player, the 30-year-old defender has been widely tempted to turn his loan spell at AS Roma into a longer stay in the current transfer window.
Smalling seriously impressed the Serie A club last season, making 37 appearances in all competitions and helping secure Europa League football.
Roma are believed to be in advanced talks with United over their return, while the player himself wants to play his football in Italy.
However, the latest reports suggest that the potential transfer could potentially be on the verge of collapsing.
According to GdS, Roma have become less confident in reaching a deal over the past 48 hours as their hopes are said to “vanish”.
The report claims United have yet to respond to Roma’s latest offer, however, this could be a strategy to spark an increased offer.
Smalling is believed to be valued at around € 20m, although Roma’s most recent offer is just € 12m.
There is no doubt that it would be better for all parties involved if a deal to sell the experienced center-back comes to fruition.
Even without Smalling, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has six first-team center-backs at his disposal, so it’s highly unlikely that there will be room for him.
Not necessarily because he’s the weakest of options, but he’s one of United’s most valuable assets in this position.
I still expect the deal to bring Smalling back to Rome to be finally done, but it doesn’t look imminent at the moment.
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