Rumors are mounting that AS Roma will not be able to complete the signing of Manchester United defender Chris Smalling when his loan expires.
Chris Smalling made a late loan transfer to Roma in Serie A last summer.
The England defender was deemed surplus to requirements at least on a temporary basis at United by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
All the talk has been that the player and club want to make the move a permanent one. The only stumbling block has been United’s valuation.
Roma were striggling to meet the asking price pre COVID-19.
But it now appears that the financial fallout from the suspension of football due to the coronavirus pandemic has all but scuppered any hope of any kind of deal.
According to the Sun the deal is highly unlikely to take place.
“We know Chris would love to stay and it is a deal which suits all parties at the end of the season.”
“The financial reality, however, is very different. The people at Roma have many new things to consider.”
“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had to make a quick decision call to send Chris out on loan last summer because Marcos Rojo’s move to Everton collapsed at a late stage.”
“The manager wasn’t surprised how well Chris has performed at Roma and does remain a fan of his.”