Arsenal have reportedly made an offer to sign Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling in the summer transfer market, according to reports in Italy.

Chris was deemed surplus to requirements by United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last summer and the centre-half completed a season-long loan move to Roma as the player looked to get his career back on track.

The England international’s impressive displays in Serie A have endeared him to fans at the Stadio Olimpico and Roma are keen on making his deal permanent at the end of the 2019/20 term.

However, Roma are likely to come up against stern competition for Smalling’s signature, with Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City, Everton and Arsenal all ready to test the Red Devils’ resolve for the ex-Fulham man.

Corriere dello Sport states United already have an offer on the table from the Gunners for Smalling and the north London side have ‘asked for information’ regarding a possible summer deal.

The report suggests that the coronavirus outbreak has made a return to England a ‘concrete option’ for Chris considering the distance between him and close family members.

The Gunners have already signed young Saint-Etienne talent William Saliba – who will arrive at the Emirates in the summer – but manager Mikel Arteta is determined to add another defender to his roster over the coming months which has seen Smalling appear as a serious target.

Frankfurt’s Evan N’Dicka and Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano are also firmly on the Gunners’ transfer radar.