According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is wanted by Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Roma.
Smalling has spent the past season on-loan at the Stadio Olimpico, where he has put in a string of impressive performances in Serie A, scoring 2 goals and providing 1 assist in 22 games (Transfermarkt).
He is currently making 2 interceptions per game and producing 4.5 clearances, the highest averages in Roma’s squad, showing how much he has excelled in defence in the current campaign (via WhoScored).
The England international has made over 300 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 18 goals and creating 4 assists in all competitions for the club, but fell out-of-favour with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and was offloaded to Roma on a short-term contract last summer (Transfermarkt).
The Yellow and Reds are said to have been stunned by the Red Devils’ asking price of £25m (Metro). United will be well aware other suitors are circling as the report claims Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur have all lodged their interest in the 30-year-old. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta believes the price tag may be well worth paying if his side are to plug the gap in a leaky defence (Express).
Although Smalling has been a great servant for the club, he is keen to play regular first team football to regain his place in the national team, and this is something Solskjaer cannot guarantee.
The Norwegian legend has heavily relied on captain Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof at the back and Smalling could find himself at the bottom of the pecking order once again (Transfermarkt).
It looks highly likely United will have a bidding war on their hands for the former Fulham centre-back and the board will surely look to sell the English defender in the summer.
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