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The move from Chris Smalling to Roma “can hit the rocks if the team does not qualify for the Champions League”

The move from Chris Smalling to Roma ‘could hit the rocks if the team didn’t qualify for the Champions League’ with Tottenham, Everton and Juventus waiting this season

  • Chris Smalling hopes to make his Roma loan permanent this summer
  • But Roma may lack funds if they miss the Champions League qualification
  • The club is six points behind fourth place after three losses in their last four
  • Manchester United is ready to charge around £ 16m for the middle back
  • Tottenham, Everton and Juventus would all be interested in Smalling

Chris Smalling’s permanent move to Roma could be disrupted if the Serie A side did not qualify for the Champions League, according to reports in Italy.

The loaned Manchester United centerback has admirers in the club after a series of impressive displays on the back since joining last summer, and officials are keen to offer him a contract.

But the results of Roma make for a top four reading in the race after three defeats in their last four league games – they struggle for form and are now six points behind Atalanta. If they do not qualify for the European top competition, Tottenham, Everton and Juventus are all ready to dive, Italian outlet Corriere Dello Sport conclusions.

The move from Chris Smalling to Roma can collapse if the team does not qualify for the Champions League

The move from Chris Smalling to Roma can collapse if the team does not qualify for the Champions League

The report adds that Roma could not finance a movement for Smalling without the revenues from Champions League football.

Smalling’s performances in the Italian capital convinced United supremo Ed Woodward to raise his asking price for the star to around £ 16 million, and the deal in total could reduce Roma by £ 33 million when wages are taken into account.

Roma could not punish such a move if they play in the Europa League next season, the report claims, with Smalling set to accept a wage cut in his current United wages, but would like a longer deal.

The 30-year-old is said to have established himself well in Rome, may be forced to return to the Premier League if he cannot inspire his new side for a top four finish.


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