Arsenal sent scouts to watch Chris Smalling in action for Roma as they prepare to make a move for the Manchester United loanee, according to a report from the Daily Mirror.
Smalling has enjoyed a career resurgence in the Italian capital. The 29-year-old has made 11 Serie A appearances this season. Only Juventus have conceded fewer goals than the Giallorossi so far this term.
The Mirror reports that his long-term future still lies away from Old Trafford, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanting to promote Axel Tuanzebe. And that has alerted a number of Premier League clubs.
The Daily Mirror suggests that the Gunners, along with England boss Gareth Southgate, scouted Smalling during Roma’s goalless draw with Inter Milan. Meanwhile, Everton and Leicester City are also reportedly interested in the Englishman ahead of next summer.
TBR View – Smalling could now be an inspired signing for Arsenal or Everton
Before Smalling’s move to Roma, it appeared that he may become a forgotten man at Old Trafford. But his form in Italy suggests that he would be an inspired signing for the likes of Everton or Arsenal.
Both clubs arguably need to bolster their defensive ranks. Arsenal have not looked convincing at the back all season, while Everton lack numbers in that area of the field.
The Mirror reports that Smalling will cost just £18 million. If he can replicate his Roma form upon his return to England, paying that fee could prove a masterstroke.