Manchester United have reportedly had their £23million asking price for Chris Smalling matched by Inter Milan. Smalling left United to join Roma on loan last summer after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it clear he wouldn’t be given regular first-team football.
And the move has worked out perfect for both parties with Smalling rediscovering his best form, earning race reviews for his performances in Italy.
Smalling wants to stay in Italy and United are more than happy to accept a permanent offer for his departure.
His impressive loan spell has also helped drive up Smalling’s price.
Roma have been the most intent on signing the centre-back on a permanent basis, but they’ve so far been way off United’s valuation.
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The Red Devils have stood firm on wanting £18million, plus £5m in add-ons.
That has seemingly priced Roma out of a move, but it looks as though Smalling may still stay in Italy.
According to SportMediaset, Inter Milan are ready to pay the £23million to sign Smalling.
It is claimed Antonio Conte has been impressed by Smalling’s stature at the back for Roma this past season and wants to bring in the experienced defender to his back line.
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If Smalling does move to Inter, he would be the fourth United player to make the switch from Old Trafford to the San Siro in the last 12 months.
Both Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez joined last summer, with the latter recently making his loan move permanent.
Ashley Young then signed for Inter in January, where he went on to score four goals as well as providing four assists.
Conte though isn’t short of options in central defence, with Milan Skriniar, Diego Godin, Stefan de Vrij and Alessandro Bastoni all battling for places in the starting line-up.
But Conte adopts a formation with three at the back and Smalling could come in as a regular starter.
The report goes on to claim one of Skriniar or Godin is expected to be sold this summer.
Roma will likely want to challenge Inter’s approach though given how well he performed for them last season.
But United will want any transfer tied up soon to help their pursuit of Jadon Sancho.
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