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Vertonghen on a free to Roma could leave Smalling in limbo

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Roma has apparently reached an agreement to sign Jan Vetonghen on a free transfer, which means Manchester United’s Chris Smalling could be out.

Chris Smalling going to AS Roma at the last minute of the summer transfer window was a shock to many.

The United center-back was granted permission to make the move by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The player craved first-team action but saw no way to get ahead of the likes of Victor Lindelof and new signing Harry Maguire.

Smalling has been a stall wart for Fonseca’s side being almost ever-present in his backline.

Initial reports suggest that Roma want to at least keep the player on loan until the end of the Europa League, then buy him for around 15 million Euros.

United have apparently said there will be no Europa League loan unless according to Corriere Dello Sport the Giallorossi is willing to pay 200,000 Euros a match.

Then any permanent deal will be for a figure of no less than 25 million Euros.

This has led to Roma looking elsewhere and perhaps turning their attention to the free transfer of former Tottenham defender Jan Vetonghen.