Chris Smalling Keen on Permanent Roma Transfer as I Giallorossi Continue Negotiations With United

Chris Smalling is keen to make his loan move to Roma permanent,with negotiations ongoing between I Giallorossi and Manchester United over the transfer. 

Smalling arrived at the Stadio Olimpico at the beginning of the season and has been in imperious form ever since.

The Englishman has made 14 appearances for Roma this season in his side’s back three, scoring two goals and even registering an assist in a game against Brescia. His solid performances have helped Paulo Fonseca’s team establish themselves as genuine Champions League qualification contenders. 

According to ?Gianluca Di Marzio, Smalling is loving life in Rome and would like to make a permanent move to Italy instead of returning to Old Trafford at the end of the current campaign. 

The report states that negotiations are continuing between the two clubs, with the ?Red Devils believed to want at least €20m for the centre-back.

AS Roma v Atalanta BC - Serie A

Despite this, United boss OIe Gunnar Solskjaer remains confident of keeping Smalling at the club. Speaking at a recent press conference, Solskjaer praised the former Fulham man’s performance while on loan and said he was excited to have him back next season.
He’ll return, sometimes we know there’s a risk when a player changes environment, but Chris is the type of guy who likes challenges. He’s smart and adapted well to Italy, I’m happy he’s showing the type of player he is,” the 46-year-old revealed, as reported by Gianluca Di Marzio.

FC Internazionale v AS Roma - Serie A

In the past Smalling has ?admitted to missing life his parent club, stating in a November interview that: “I do [miss Man Utd] because I was there for so many years and I was used to be being part of the furniture there.”

However if these reports are to be believed it appears that his outlook may have changed, with the 30-year-old possibly ready to call time on his nine-year spell in Manchester. 

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