Chris Smalling ‘agrees to £2.7m Roma loan’ with AC Milan and Fiorentina also keen to take out-of-favour Manchester United defender on a temporary deal
Out of favour Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has reportedly emerged as a prime target for a host of elite Italian clubs.
The England international has lost his place at Old Trafford, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer paring summer signing Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof together.
With the European transfer window still open, Smalling is now being monitoring by a number of Serie A clubs, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Chris Smalling has reportedly emerged as a prime target for a host of elite Italian clubs
AC Milan, Roma and Fiorentina are reported to be in the hunt for the 29-year-old, and have until Monday to make their move.
Roma are understood to be in pole position, having approached United for a season-long loan deal which would see them pay in the region of £2.7million (€3m).
A central defender has been a priority for Roma all summer, with a previous move attempted for Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren.
The Italians are still considering the option of going back in for the Liverpool man following a rejected bid for Juventus’ Daniele Rugani, but now Smalling has emerged as the latest priority.