Manchester United’s Chris Smalling is reportedly wanted by four Serie A sides following his performances for Roma this season.
The Englishman has played a key role in the heart of the Roma defence during his loan stint with Paulo Fonseca’s side this term, making 28 top-flight games for the Serie A giants and registering two goals and two assists.
Roma are allegedly keen to strike a permanent deal for the towering central defender, but I Giallorossi are likely to miss out on UCL qualification unless they can achieve UEL glory in August.
Roma’s financial struggles are understood to be hindering talks between the two clubs, with Calciomercato claiming that United are holding out for a sum of £18.2m while Roma are refusing to fork out more than £16.3m.
As a result, Inter Milan, Napoli and Juventus are all said to be keeping a close eye on developments and are prepared to engage in a bidding war for Smalling should the Rome-based side fail to agree a deal with United.
The 30-year-old’s existing contract at the Old Trafford outfit is set to expire at the end of the 2021-22 season.
In other news, Manchester United are allegedly at an impasse with Alexis Sanchez over the Chilean star’s future at Old Trafford once his loan deal with Inter Milan ends.
The 31-year-old is due to return to the club in the next few weeks but is eager to head back to I Nerazzurri, either on another loan deal or on a permanent basis.
According to the Daily Star, however, the Red Devils are not ready to sanction his sale as they feel that Alexis – who has two years to run on his £500,000-a-week deal – can still do a job for them.