La Repubblica (Pinci) – The deal that seemed like it was going positively for the last few weeks has suddenly become complicated. Chris Smalling remaining at Roma is far from a certainty: one of the leaders of the Giallorossi defence may not remain at the club.
The negotiations with Manchester United are at a standstill: the British side continue to request €20 million for the player. It’s a figure that Roma consider inflated, especially considering that Smalling turned 30 last November.
Roma CEO Guido Fienga and “shadow” director, Franco Baldini, continue to work on the deal. The Red Devils believe that Smalling has raised his transfer value and they would like to cash-in on the Englishman.
Within recent hours, those within Roma have become more pessimistic regarding the operation.