AS Roma is to open discussions with Manchester United with a view to making the Chris Smalling loan deal a permanent one.
The Manchester United defender who struggled for fitness when he first arrived in Roma, has now found himself as one of the first on the team sheet.
He has now cemented his place in the Giallorossi starting 11 and is playing some of his best football.
Perhaps his crowing jewel since his arrival was his first goal for his loan club in the 4-0 win over Udinese.
This has now prompted Roma to bring forward talks for the defender’s possible permanent transfer.
Many loan deals often include an option to buy, but United opted against it.
With the former England international playing so well, Roma fears they may be priced out of any deal and are now eager to go ahead and secure their man.
United, on the other hand, is in no hurry.
If Smalling gets back to his best he could be a useful asset to the Solskajer team, or financially bring in a larger windfall of cash when sold.
It is rumored that Roma value the player at around 10 million Euros, whereas United are thining more in the region of 20 million.
In an interview reported by Football Italia, Roma’s sporting director Gianluca Petrachi confirms his clubs satisfaction with the player.
He confirmed they will be glad to tie the player down if that’s what he wants.
“If Smalling wants to remain here, we will discuss this with United.”
“The relationship between the two clubs is great and if there are any possibilities, we are going to consider it.”
Smalling’s resurgence has seen his Roma side keep four clean sheets in the six games he has been involved.
The Smalling dilemma is food for thought for Solskajer and company.
It is clear to see through that Smalling is happy in Rome!
Always a special feeling scoring your first goal. Boys were incredible, daje Roma! 💛❤ pic.twitter.com/biic5PO8Jh
— Chris Smalling (@ChrisSmalling) October 30, 2019