Roma 'struggling' to meet Man Utd's asking price for Chris Smalling transfer


Chris Smalling’s spell with Roma may be coming to an end as the Serie A club are reportedly unable to meet Manchester United’s asking price for a permanent transfer.

The 30-year-old has enjoyed a successful season in the Italian capital, making 35 appearances across all competitions and scoring twice.

The Red Devils have set an asking price of £18.2million for Smalling – who is contracted at Old Trafford until 2022 – but Roma are only willing to pay £16.3million.

Smalling’s current loan deal with Roma comes to an end in early August and Juventus, Napoli and Inter Milan are all monitoring the situation, according to Calcio Mercato .

Smalling’s successful spell with Roma may be coming to an end

The two-time Premier League winner and his family have taken well to life in Italy and would like to extend their stay.

And Roma are hopeful that United will let him leave for a lower price in light of his desire to remain in the country.

Smalling has previously opened up on his intention to enter discussions for an extended spell with Roma at the end of the campaign.

“I think the plan at the start of the season was to contribute as much as I can and then hopefully if we’ve all had a good season and hit our ambitions then those discussions can take place,” he told the BBC in February.

Inter Milan are one of a number of clubs monitoring Smalling’s situation

“I’ve been more than happy with my first half of the season, it’s now just making sure that we kick on and finish the season strongly because we have a lot to play for.

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“Coming over here and trying to hit ground running with football was the priority. But my family settling in and me learning the language and enjoying the culture, it’s something you need to make the most of.

“My family and I definitely are. I feel like I’m picking up a lot on Italian style, and tactics and how to manage games. I’m definitely adding to my game.”

Roma have two remaining league games, against Torino and Juventus, before resuming their Europa League campaign against Sevilla.

Both legs of the last-16 tie scheduled for earlier this year were postponed amid the coronavirus outbreak and the fixture will now be contested over one leg at MSV-Arena in Duisburg, Germany.

Awaiting the winner of the match are either Wolves or Olympiacos in the quarter-finals.

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