Roma team manager Morgan De Sanctis has announced that the club are trying to reach a deal to sign Chris Smalling at the end of the campaign.
The 30-year-old defender has emerged as a critical figure for the Italian giants after joining them on a season-long loan agreement this past summer, making a crucial impact to shore things up in defence.
Chris Smalling has made 14 matches so far this season, filling the void left behind by Kostas Manolas after his transfer to rivals Napoli.
Having impressed thus far, it would come as no surprise if Roma did indeed make an offer to Manchester United next summer to try and find an agreement for Chris Smalling, and De Sanctis has revealed as much and also hinted that the player himself is open to extending his stay in the Italian capital.
“It is well known that we are trying to find a solution that makes everyone happy,” he is quoted as saying by Calciomercato. “We are in no rush, we want to get this right, and can also rely on the player, who said he is happy at Roma.”
Given the competition for places at the Red Devils with Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire arguably likely to remain ahead of Chris Smalling in the pecking order, it’s uncertain as to whether going back to Old Trafford would be the smart idea for the England international.
In turn, staying at Roma to continue to enjoy playing a more prominent role could suit him, but much will depend on the ability of the Italian giants to convince Manchester United to allow him to leave permanently with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer noting last month that he expects him to return.