Sunday May 31 2020
Roma to extend Smalling loan?

Manchester United are said to be softening their stance on Chris Smalling, so he could even be allowed to extend his loan at Roma.

The defender has been a revelation at the Stadio Olimpico this season and said he would like to remain in the Italian Capital.

Negotiations over a permanent purchase have dragged on, with the €20m asking price considered excessive for a player who turns 31 in November.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, there could be a breakthrough caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The clubs had to discuss extending the loan beyond June 30 due to the extended season and that conversation allowed them to get closer together in their positions.

It’s reported in Italy that Manchester United might even allow Roma to sign Smalling on another one-year loan, this time costing €4m rather than €3m, and negotiate a further purchase option at the end of that.

His contract with United runs to June 2022, so it would be financially viable to do that.

It is in part because it’s claimed that while Newcastle United and Arsenal are interested in the England international, they are showing no signs of a genuine offer.