Roma ‘optimistic’ of keeping hold of Chris Smalling… as Serie A side ‘propose another loan deal with option to buy’ to Manchester United
- Roma are ‘optimistic’ about keeping United’s Chris Smalling at the club next year
- They have offered United £3m for another loan deal with a £13m option to buy
- The defender has had an excellent season on loan at Serie A club this season
- He has started 28 games all competitions, scoring twice and grabbing an assist
Roma are ‘optimistic’ about keeping Chris Smalling at the Stadio Olimpico after offering Manchester United another loan deal with the option to buy.
Smalling joined the Italian outfit at the start of the season from Manchester United and has impressed with a series of notable performances at the heart of Roma’s back four.
While he has clearly done enough to convince the club to sign him, Roma’s financial situation means they were unable to reach United’s £20million valuation of the defender and have instead proposed another season-long loan for £3m with a £13m obligation to buy next summer.
Roma are ‘optimistic’ about keeping Chris Smalling at the Stadio Olimpico next season
That will bring Giallorossi’s total outgoings for the defender to £18m, including the £3m they paid United for the loan last year, according to Il Tempo.
The 31-year-old has made it clear that he would like to return to the Stadio Olimpico next season and it is said the two clubs are currently working on a deal to make that happen.
As it stands, Smalling currently has two years remaining on his £2.7m-a-year United contract, but the Red Devils are said to be happy to sell him.
Smalling has started 28 games for the club in all competitions this season, including 21 out of 26 league games, scoring twice and grabbing an assist.
Smalling has two years remaining on his £2.7m-a-year United contract but will likely leave
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