Thursday September 10 2020
Smalling ready for Roma return

Chris Smalling is edging closer to his Roma return on a permanent basis for a total of just €12m from Manchester United.

The defender spent last season at the Stadio Olimpico on loan and was probably their best centre-back, rediscovering his confidence and form.

There was no option to buy, so negotiations were fraught with difficulty and Manchester United wouldn’t even allow him to remain for the Europa League campaign in August.

However, Roma are under new owners now with Dan Friedkin taking over from James Pallotta, while Smalling has also been pushing for a return to Italy.

According to Sky Sport Italia, a deal is imminent, as they are only down to the details now.

The Telegraph newspaper also maintains Smalling missed the last couple of training sessions, so is in effect a former Manchester United player.

The deal would be a loan with obligation to buy fee, with a three-year contract lined up for the player.

It is a huge step down from Manchester United, who had initially demanded €25m upfront.

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