Serie A giants keen on signing €25m-rated Man United defender
Giallorossi are prepared to resurrect their interest in Red Devils centre-back Chris Smalling following a successful takeover by new owner Dan Friedkin. The 30-year-old centre-back was deemed surplus to requirements by the Norwegian manager last summer following the arrival of Harry Maguire from Leicester City.
Chris responded by excelling over the course of his loan spell but the Giallorossi were unable to raise the funds necessary to turn his move into a permanent one.
Smalling will be unable to play during the latter stages of the UEL after talks between his parent club and Giallorossi broke down, but he could yet come back to the Stadio Olimpico in time for the start of next campaign, according to reports in Italy.
With Man United focusing their attentions on attempting to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, the Norwegian manager has not ruled out the possibility of the English centre-back staying at Theatre of Dreams should he not have the budget required to add to his back-line.
Chris, however, is keen to stay in Serie A but Giallorossi will have to get closer to the Red Devils initial asking price of nearly €20m. ‘I think Chris has shown over his Man United career how valuable he is at Man United,’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said earlier this week addressing the former Fulham star’s future.
‘This season was about him being a regular and going to Roma and showing how good a centre-back he is, I wanted to give Harry, Lindelof and maybe Axel a chance. It was best for him to go and play for a year in Roma and he has shown he will be valuable, I’ve been speaking to Chris throughout.’