Roma given green light to sign €20m-rated Man United centre-back

Giallorossi boss Paulo Fonseca says the club are keen on securing on-loan Red Devils centre-back Chris Smalling on a permanent transfer this summer. England international has impressed on his season-long loan in Italy, playing 21 league matches before the campaign was postponed over the covid19 crisis.

Chris has been at Man United since 2010, but his spot in the Norwegian manager’s side was lost to the world’s most expensive centre-back, Harry Maguire. With Smalling’s stay in Serie A due to come to an end, Fonseca wants to keep one of the ‘leaders of the dressing room’ around for longer.

‘I will do everything I can to keep him at Roma next year too. I know he wants to stay, let’s see what happens,’ he said. ‘He’s an amazing man, so humble, so professional. He is adored by the fans and established himself as one of the leaders in the dressing room.’

‘It’s not easy for English centre-backs to adapt so quickly to Italian football, the record it isn’t good. But he has been amazing.’ Man United are in the market for another defender to pair up with Maguire in defence, with RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate the latest to be linked with a move to Theatre of Dreams.

Man United have reportedly made contact with the French centre-back’s agent to enquire about a possible summer transfer. Red Devils signed Bruno Fernandes from Sporting, Odion Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua and Nathan Bishop from Southend United during the winter transfer window.