Manchester United have lowered their asking price for Chris Smalling, according to Il Tempo via Football Italia.
Multiple sources told the outlet Smalling is happy with AS Roma and wants to stay in the Serie A on a permanent basis.
The England international has spent the season on-loan at the Stadio Olimpico, and he has put in a string of defensive shifts for Paulo Foncesca’s side, averaging 2 interceptions per game, completing 4.5 clearances on average, scoring 2 goals, and providing 1 assist so far (WhoScored).
Due to the ongoing pandemic, his first spell in Italy was brought to an abrupt halt, but the defender has still managed to make 20 appearances in the Italian top flight (Transfermarkt).
After arriving at Old Trafford from Fulham for £7.2m back in 2010, the 30-year-old has featured in over 300 games for the Red Devils, winning the Premier League twice, the Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup. His current market value is rated at £18m via Transfermarkt.
This will no doubt give Roma a better chance of signing the Englishman in the summer, as the Yellow and Reds have been hit hard by the economic impact of the outbreak.
While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has previously admitted he is a fan of the veteran, he will want a spot in a starting lineup to make his case to be named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2021, and this is something the Norwegian cannot guarantee.
Indeed, the club legend has regularly relied upon the services of captain Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof at the heart of his defence, and it is difficult to imagine Smalling being given regular game time if he returned to the Theatre of Dreams.
Therefore, the board’s decision has surely paved the way for the loyal servant to leave United in the upcoming transfer window.
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