Chris Smalling is in talks about a return to the Premier League and according to Corriere Dello Sport, Tottenham Hotspur are interested in securing his signature.
The centre-back is currently out on loan at Roma from Manchester United and he has been impressive in Serie A so far. Indeed, on average he has won 3.9 aerial duels, made 4.3 clearances, 2.2 interceptions and 1.1 tackles per game, helping the Italian outfit to five clean sheets (SofaScore).
It is suggested that Roma would love to keep the 31-time England international beyond this season, but they will face competition from both Spurs and Everton in the summer.
According to the report, Jose Mourinho will be in the market for a new central defender ahead of the 2020/21 campaign with Jan Vertonghen’s contract set to expire (Transfermarkt).
He will, therefore, weigh up a move for Smalling, who he has managed before during his time in charge of the Red Devils. It is thought that Ed Woodward, United’s chief executive, will demand a fee of £16.5 million for the 30-year-old.
However, despite Smalling’s strong performances in Italy it seems that many Tottenham fans aren’t keen on the idea of signing him. Indeed many have taken to Twitter to urge the club not to bring the ex-Fulham man to the club.
Here is what some had to say…
hes not good on the ball we already got sanchez who is not great on the ball
— Jspurs (@Jspurs3) February 18, 2020
Why ?? This is rubbish
— GiovanniVanKane (@GiovanniVanBale) February 18, 2020
This must be nonsense, he is 30
— Julian (@JulianSpalter) February 18, 2020
Please no. Need to look for far better
— SWSPURS (@swspurs) February 18, 2020
Never rated him!!! Must be cheap 🙄
— Nick matthews (@Nickmat79111082) February 19, 2020
Not good enough for united, not good enough for spurs
— Eamonn Macneill (@macspur121) February 18, 2020
Why would we want man united cast offs.
— Peter McCluskey (@pjmccluskey1) February 19, 2020
Hes rubbush thats why hes not at Man United today
— Spider from Mars! (@kruder69) February 19, 2020
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