Roma remain in talks for Smalling

John Solano

RomaPressFirst it was a clear denial from his representatives — then just a few hours later, Marash Kumbulla is now steps away from Roma.

The negotiation to bring the Albanian international to the Italian capital was, in fact, made a priority because of the resistance Roma continue to face in closing a deal for Chris Smalling.

The Englishman remains the main priority for Roma boss Paulo Fonseca and the potential arrival of Kumbulla does not exclude Smalling’s return to the Italian capital.

Internally, the Giallorossi were nearly certain that Smalling would have arrived by now and would be available for the first match against Hellas Verona. Despite the delay, the parties remain in negotiations to bring the player back to Roma.

However, the deal has been complicated due to several different intermediaries having been used in the negotiations. Furthermore, there have been slight disagreements with the agent of Smalling, James Featherstone, regarding personal terms.

It will also be necessary for Roma to sell more of their unwanted pieces such as Davide Santon, Federico Fazio, who is close to Cagliari, and Juan Jesus, who is being pursued by Genoa.