Optimism growing for Smalling stay


Filippo Biafora of Il Tempo has reported that Roma is growing optimistic that they will be able to keep Chris Smalling at the club beyond the expiration of his loan deal.

The Englishman has been one of the best defenders in Italy this term and has become one of the most important players for Roma boss Paulo Fonseca.

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Smalling has made it clear over recent months that both he and his wife have settled incredibly well in the Italian capital and would be keen to further their stay.

Reportedly, Roma CEO Guido Fienga and Manchester United have been in constant contact in recent weeks in regards to the defender. The Italian club has presented an offer of €3 million to extend the loan of Smalling with an obligation for nearly €14 million. Added to the €3 million that Roma paid to United last summer for Smalling’s loan, this is much closer to the Red Devil’s €20 million valuation.

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