Serie A giants keen on signing 30-year-old Man United centre-back

Roma coach Paulo Fonseca has insisted that he hopes Chris Smalling joins the club permanently from the Red Devils this summer. England international joined the Italian club on a season-long loan deal last summer, and he has certainly impressed in the heart of their defence so far this year.

Chris has played 28 matches to date, even chipping in with two goals and an assist to offer a threat in the opposition box too.

Having adapted well to life in Stadio Olimpico and Serie A, it appears as though it has been a successful move for both sides thus far, with chances likely to be limited for him at Theatre of Dreams especially after the arrival of Harry Maguire last summer.

Smalling has made a big impression on current coach Fonseca, who has insisted that he would like him to remain at the club beyond his current loan spell with Giallorossi continuing to battle for a top-four finish in Serie A this campaign and the Champions League qualification that comes with it.

Paulo Fonseca may yet be left disappointed though, as the Italian club are said to want to agree on a permanent switch, Man United want £25m for the defender, and the Italian giants aren’t prepared to splash out that high a fee on him.

In turn, it stays to be seen if a compromise can be reached on his transfer fee, or if the English defender is forced to come back to Man United at the end of this campaign and either fight for his place or search for an alternative solution.