It’s understandable that a club will look to squeeze every last penny from a transfer deal when they can, but sometimes it’s better only to take what you can and move on
Chris Smalling has enjoyed a decent campaign on loan at Giallorossi in Serie A, but it doesn’t sound like there will be a place for him at Theatre of Dreams next campaign.
They claim that Red Devils were hoping to get nearly €25m, but Giallorossi considered that price tag to be excessive. As a result the Theatre of Dreams have now reduced their demands to €18m, and that seems to be more acceptable.
They go on to say that Chris is happy in Italy and would like to stay permanently, so this could make sense for everyone. Pablo Fonseca wants to strengthen the back-line during the summer transfer window.
You could understand that United might look to hold out for more money if a lot of teams were interested, but here it makes sense to get what they can and put it towards improving the squad next season instead.