Roma are stepping up their interest in keeping Chris Smalling on a permanent basis, with Italian outlet Calciomercato reporting that the Serie A side are wary of Tottenham Hotspur making a move for the centre-back.
Smalling’s stock appears to have risen significantly during his time away from Manchester United. He has made 20 top flight appearances this season and been incredibly impressive for the Giallorossi.
Perhaps unsurprisingly therefore, Roma are keen to convert his loan move into a permanent deal.
Calciomercato reports that Roma are prepared to offer around £12.8 million for the 30-year-old. Manchester United meanwhile, are looking for around £17 million for the defender.
But it appears that Roma are very keen to reach a compromise in the very near future – and Jose Mourinho’s men are the reason.
According to Calciomercato, Spurs are ‘very interested’ in Smalling themselves. And Roma are hoping to tie up a deal before the Premier League side can secure a foothold in the race.
TBR View – Smalling asking price could prove bargain on current form
It would be little surprise if plenty of Tottenham fans were against a potential move for Smalling. His form was arguably on the decline for some time before he departed Old Trafford.
However, he has been a revelation during his time in Italy. And if Tottenham get that player in their ranks this summer, paying £17 million could prove to be a bargain.
But Roma look to be in the driving seat. And you could certainly understand why United would rather sell the former Fulham man to them than Spurs this summer.