Report: Everton submit offer for two-time PL winner, Ancelotti wanted him last year
Everton have submitted an offer to sign Roma defender Chris Smalling this summer, according to Il Sussidiario.
The Toffees are looking to bring Smalling back to the Premier League following a two-year spell at the Stadio Olimpico. He joined the Serie A side permanently last year after an initial loan for £13.5m rising to £18m, but already faces an uncertain future.
Jose Mourinho is open to selling his former Manchester United centre-back after taking up the Roma hot seat. The Portuguese wants to stamp his mark on the defence in Rome, while owner Dan Friedkin is receptive to cash-in.
But Everton are not willing to pay a substantial sum to bring Smalling back to England after an injury-ravished season. He started just 13 of 16 Serie A appearances under Paulo Fonseca last term after a raft of sprains, knee, bicep and other muscular issues.
Il Sussidiario do not claim what the Toffees have already offered Roma for the 31-year-old. Smalling has two years remaining on his contract in Italy, while LaRoma24 and Gianluca di Marzio have also cited the Goodison Park outfit’s interest.
TBR’s view: Everton must keep Smalling bid down
Everton submitting an offer for Smalling while without a manager at the helm shows the scale of the club’s interest. But Director of Football Marcel Brands must keep any bid for the two-time Premier League winner at a low figure.
Smalling is coming off an injury-ravished campaign that forced the 31-cap former England international to play his least league fixtures in a single-season for a decade. The last time he played 16 or fewer games came during his first term at Manchester United.
But that does not seem enough to stop Everton from courting Smalling, who Carlo Ancelotti wanted last year. Corriere dello Sport claimed the former Blues boss contacted both his agent and United to discuss a move.