Report: Brands issued sole condition for Everton to sign target who makes teams ‘a lot more secure’
Roma have informed Marcel Brands of the sole condition Everton must meet to sign Chris Smalling, per Corriere dello Sport.
The defender is currently on holiday in Jamaica recharging for the new season as he seeks to redeem himself at the Serie A side. Smalling struggled to play a key role under Paulo Fonseca last term as he suffered with a raft of injuries.
Jose Mourinho is now at the helm and will likely make the Englishman a key part of his line-up. The Portuguese trusted Smalling to guard the Manchester United net throughout his tenure at Old Trafford and knows his strengths.
A handful of Premier League clubs, including Everton, have shown an interest in signing Smalling this summer. But Roma are unlikely to sell 31-year-old and Brands is yet to submit an official offer.
The Giallorossi would want to break even on Smalling’s transfer in order to sell the centre-half. Or, at least, receive close to £13.5m rising to £18m with add-ons that they paid Manchester United only last October.
Roma would also want to have a replacement signed who can substitute the leadership that the 31-cap England international offers. Lille ace Sven Botman has been touted as an option, with Everton ‘intent’ on signing Smalling.
TBR’s view: Roma take Everton out of Smalling race
Roma demanding clubs pay around £13m for Smalling will likely take Everton out of the race for his signature. Reports in Italy have already claimed Director of Football Brands is not willing to pay a large sum to sign the defender.
Smalling is thought to be open to a move to Goodison Park. But may be denied the chance on the back of missing 27 fixtures across all competitions through injury last season. It meant he only played 21 times and started just 16 games.
The defender also only featured four times between February and the end of the Serie A campaign. Depriving Fonseca of a player he lauded, having claimed in April via Roma’s club website: “The team is a lot more secure with Chris.”
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