As things stand, defender Chris Smalling’s loan at Serie A giants Roma comes to an end on June 30th.

The Italian outfit have limited time to convince Manchester United to either let them keep the star for the next month or simply keep Chris permanently.

Unfortunately, things have not quite progressed as well as expected, since the PL club are still asking for €25 million, according to Il Messaggero, which is too much for Paulo Fonseca’s side.

They’re currently trying to lower those demands, and keen to play all their cards before turning their attention somewhere else, which is likely to be towards Jan Vertonghen, who will become a free agent when the term ends.

Paulo Fonseca keeps letting his superiors know publicly how much he relies on the central defender and how he wants to have the player around for the foreseeable future.

Therein lies the issue, as I Giallorossi want to please their head coach, with whom they are very happy, but they will not do so at any price.

It would not be surprising to see Manchester United agree to Chris staying for the next couple of months, which would allow more time for further talks.

Meantime, Birmingham City star Jude Bellingham will reportedly sign for Borussia Dortmund during this summer’s transfer window.

The midfielder’s future has been the subject of much speculation in the latest weeks, with Manchester United thought to be determined to bring the ace to Old Trafford.

Bayern Munich are also said to be admirers of the Englishman, but according to The Mirror, Jude has agreed to join Dortmund ahead of the 2020-21 season.