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

Giallorossi will have to pay the Red Devils £18m if they want to keep Chris Smalling permanently. England international played 17 matches under the Norwegian coach last campaign but was deemed surplus to requirements following the arrival of Harry Maguire from Leicester City.

Chris, who joined Man United from Fulham in a £10m deal nine years ago, opted to move abroad and joined the Serie A giants on loan and has made a positive impression. Italian club want to keep Smalling beyond the end of the current season but will have to fork out £18m to do so.

The 29-year-old defender admitted earlier this week he misses elements of playing for the Red Devils but is delighted with the start he has made to the new chapter in his career. ‘I do because I was there for so many years and I was used to be being part of the furniture there,’ he said.

‘But I am enjoying my new chapter, and hopefully, I can keep affecting performances on the pitch, and we can have a successful season. But right now I’m enjoying being in Italy. ‘I’m starting to pick up things the manager is saying in Italian, and even with the players, I’m lucky as quite a few of them speak English.

‘I’m picking up a lot of football phrases and a lot of essential phrases that are helping me interact with the team on and off the pitch. ‘I am feeling very settled; my family is over here, and the dogs are over here, so everyone is settled.