Manchester United are set to agree a deal with Roma for Chris Smalling in the summer, according to reports in Italy.
Italian outlet Tele Radio Stereo, as per Football Italia, claims Roma are close to reaching an agreement with Man United to sign Smalling on a permanent basis, on loan with the option to buy for €18m, or £16m.
After arriving on loan from the Red Devils last year, the wantaway veteran has emerged reborn in Serie A and has made it clear he wants to stay where he is.
The Giallorossi intend to sign Smalling on loan, with the obligation to buy him at the end of the 2020/21 season, which would make the move permanent, but essentially spread the costs over two years.
Whatever happens, the defender seems to be on his way out of the Theatre of Dreams.
The England international, who has impressed Paulo Foncesca with his work ethic, has averaged 2 interceptions per game, completed 4.5 clearances on average, scored 2 goals, and created 1 assist so far (WhoScored).
Meanwhile, Phil Jones has struggled for consistency this season and is in a vulnerable position heading into the transfer window.
Although the Red Devils had valued the centre-back at €25m, which is roughly £22m, it seems Ed Woodward has lowered the asking price to make him more affordable.
While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has previously admitted he is a fan of the 30-year-old, Smalling wants to be playing regular football to boost his chances of making Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad, and this is something the club legend cannot guarantee.
Solskjaer has relied on Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof at the back this season, and the Englishman would also be below Eric Bailly in the pecking order if he returned to Old Trafford.
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