According to a report from Calciomercato, Roma are apparently eyeing up Tottenham defender, Jan Vertonghen, as their replacement for Chris Smalling.
The Belgian defender is out of contract with the north London outfit this summer. With no new deal agreed between club and player, it looks increasingly likely Vertonghen will move on.
And Roma are keen to land the Belgian star, with Chris Smalling apparently heading back to England.
The report claims Manchester United want around 25m Euros for Smalling. That fee is putting Roma off, who are now compiling a list of potential replacements which Vertonghen sits atop of.
Vertonghen leaving Spurs would bring an end to an eight-year spell at the club. Having signed in 2012. the 32-year-old has gone on to make in excess of 200 appearances for the club.
During that time, he’s helped Spurs into the Champions League. That, of course, culminated with them making the final last season only to lose out to Liverpool.
Smalling, on the other hand, has impressed in Rome. But it appears that United’s high asking price is putting the Serie A giants off making their move for the 30-year-old a permanent one.
Inevitable that Vertonghen will leave Spurs, Roma a good fit too – TBR View
There was little chance of Vertonghen signing a new deal with the Premier League club. That would have been sorted by now if it was the case.
Roma would be a decent enough fit for Vertonghen too. Chris Smalling has proved that you can make a good fist of things in Serie A if you have played in the Premier League.
With Serie A just been that tad slower, Vertonghen might flourish in the final few years of his career.