Roma have been engaged in negotiations with Manchester United on a permanent deal for Chris Smalling, but they have yet to strike a deal with the English side for the defender.
La Repubblica journalist Matteo Pinci has reported this evening that Inter have pulled ahead of the Giallorossi in the race for Smalling, who spent last season on loan at Roma.
Smalling remains the main priority for manager Paulo Fonseca, but the club must first sell fellow central defenders Juan Jesus and Federico Fazio, both of whom have very expensive wages.
The Brazilian has, reportedly, rejected all offers because he wants to join a club in Serie A that plays in Europe.
Fazio, meanwhile, has rejected a potential loan deal to Fiorentina.
#Smalling: più Inter che Roma. Almeno finché Trigoria non si riuscirà a liberare di ingaggi pesanti nel ruolo: Jesus vuole una squadra di A che faccia le coppe. Fazio per ora ha detto no al prestito alla Fiorentina #asroma
— Matteo Pinci (@matteopinci) September 25, 2020