Italian club keen on signing 30-year-old Man United centre-back

Giallorossi are reportedly ready to hold negotiations with an intermediary on Wednesday as they look to try and extend Chris Smalling’s spell with the club beyond this month. England international joined Roma on a season-long loan deal last summer and has established himself as a fundamental figure in their defence this year.

Chris has played 32 games in total, and he has played an important part in their ongoing battle to secure European qualification for next campaign.

While Smalling will stay until the current Serie A season is over, as Roma want the defender to stay both until the end of August for the conclusion of their Europa League pursuit, and if possible, they wish to agree on a fee to sign him outright.

In order to try and get the two sides closer to an agreement, intermediary Jozo Palac is said to be travelling to Rome on Wednesday morning for a meeting with Giallorossi officials, with his objective said to be trying to secure a deal in which the 30-year-old centre-back stays in Roma.

With Giallorossi manager Paulo Fonseca publicly insisting that he wants the English centre-back to stay, like the fact that the Norwegian manager has found solutions in defence without him after Harry Maguire’s arrival at Man United last summer, it arguably suits all concerned if a deal is found.

That said, time will tell if any progress is made this week, as the clubs still have to agree on a fee and given Chris’s form this season against the financial impact of the covid pandemic, it wouldn’t be a surprise if it stays a complicated matter.