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Inter Milan plan to bring Man Utd star back to Serie A

Inter are keen on signing Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling following his successful loan stint at Roma, claims Italian outlet Mediaset.

Smalling was a revelation for I Giallorossi during his season long-loan deal after being deemed surplus to requirements by the Red Devils head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 12 months ago.

In spite of hinting at a first-team role for Smalling next term, Solskjaer has not ruled out a permanent sale for the star in order to top up his transfer kitty.

Roma cannot afford to sign Chris on a long-term deal and now risk missing out on the England international to Serie A rivals Inter.

With one of Milan Skriniar or Diego Godin set to leave Inter, Antonio Conte is on the market for a new centre-half.

Inter have already been priced out of a deal for the Fiorentina ace Nikola Milenkovic and have now earmarked Chris as a potential target.

The English side are reportedly holding out for in the region of £18 million for Smalling, whereas Fiorentina quoted Inter £36 million for Nikola.

Inter have a good relationship with United having signed Alexis Sanchez, Ashley Young and Romelu Lukaku from them in the past 12 months.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are allegedly contemplating an approach for Juventus attacker Douglas Costa.

The Old Lady are said to be prepared to sell the South American after Andrea Pirlo replaced Maurizio Sarri as the club’s manager.

Having made just seven starts and 17 substitute outings in the Italian top-flight and the Champions League during the most recent season.