AS Roma are interested in signing Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling on permanent basis. The English international has been a loanee at Roma since the start of the season. And has impressed the Italian outfit enough to splash the cash on him. It is believed that Roma wants the deal to be winded up in the January transfer window itself.
Chris Smalling cements his places
Chris Smalling has been immense at the back for Roma. And has also formed a solid partnership with fellow centre-back Gianluca Mancini. His importance can be marked by the fact that he has already started 15 games this season. His contributions at the other end of the field have also been notable as the former premier league winner has two goals to his name. While his popularity amongst the fans can be judged by a poll held by Roma’s twitter handle. Smalling came a close second in a poll for “The team of the decade” and even the bookmakers and latest online casinos sites have him down as a certain to move.
No agreement yet
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the two clubs are in advanced talks with Roma increasing their bid to £12.8 million plus £2.5 million in bonuses for the defender. Though an agreement is still to be found. As the Manchester giants are firm on the fee to be around the £20 million mark.
Sir Alex Ferguson once tipped Chris Smalling as the successor to Rio Ferdinand. And he went on to win 323 caps for the Red Devils also winning five trophies in the process. Though he could never become what he was expected to be. However, this season the former Fulham man was seen as surplus to requirements at the Old Trafford. As Manchester United signed their long term target, world’s most expensive defender, Harry Maguire, from Leicester City.
We believe that the deal should go through. It might take more time, and the deal might not go through in the January transfer window itself. Mainly because none of the two clubs are in a rush or after that. However, with all the parties involved on a common agreement about the decision itself, it is very likely to go through. Only a poor handling of the negotiations or Smalling’s sudden drastic loss of form can hold the deal.