Roma ‘have made a new offer to extend Chris Smalling’s loan for another season … with a Serie A club offering £ 13m option-to-buy deal for Manchester United center back’
- Chris Smalling played for Roma 32 times during an impressive loan period
- The Serie A club is seriously considering keeping the 30-year-old
- Roma has reportedly offered Man United a £ 2.5 million loan fee for next season
- Smalling will leave Roma after the Serie A season ends on August 2
Roma have reportedly made a new offer for Manchester United for the services of Chris Smalling, with another loan agreement preferred by the Serie A club.
Center-back Smalling impressed Roma and made 32 appearances in all competitions this season, but will return to Old Trafford after Serie A ends on August 2.
As a result, Roma are looking at an option to loan the 30-year-old for another year with a buy option for £ 13 million (€ 15 million) at the end of next season, according to journalist Nicolo Schira as indicated by Football Italia.
Chris Smalling has impressed the loan from Roma, who are looking for a new seasonal loan
The Serie A club has offered Manchester United a £ 13 million buy option for next season
The report states that club advisor Franco Baldini has offered a £ 2.5 million (€ 3 million) loan fee to United for Smalling’s loan next season.
A four-year contract would also be offered to the former England international if the move were to be finalized by the end of the 2020-21 season.
However, United is holding on to a permanent fee to get closer to the £ 22 million (€ 25 million) mark for a player who has been on their books for ten years now.
As it stands, United Smalling would not allow to stay in mid-August for the rest of Roma Europa League campaign.
Roma will have their round of 16 games against Sevilla on August 5-6, with the score taking place on only one leg.
The 30-year-old defender has been under contract with Manchester United for ten years
Smalling moved from Fulham to Old Trafford in 2010 after originally making his mark on non-league Maidstone United.
Formerly a fixture with the national team, with 31 caps to his name, Smalling has been rejuvenated with his move to Italy, with English boss Gareth Southgate traveling to see a player he has not selected for his World Cup selection of 2018.
Currently, Smalling has an injury to the thigh and is not expected to be fully fit for at least another week as Roma want to consolidate European football for next season – they are currently in fifth place in the table.