Chris Smalling could remain at Man Utd this season with Serie A side Roma now demanding a loan deal, according to reports.
Smalling is back at Old Trafford after reaching the Roma end of his successful loan spell with Roma. The Englishman performed well in Italy, making 37 appearances in all competitions while in the capital.
The Serie A outfit have already attemped to reach an agreement with Man Utd over the summer but they had failed to strike a deal.
The Athletic claimed on Thursday that Roma ‘are ‘closing in on the permanent signing’ of Smalling from Man Utd.
The report added at the time that ‘significant progress was made on the deal on Wednesday and only the final details of the transfer now need to be resolved between the two sides’.
And now Miguel Delaney in The Independent says that Smalling is set to remain at Old Trafford with a transfer to Roma ‘on the brink of collapse’.
Man Utd ‘want a permanent deal’ for Smalling but Roma would ‘prefer a loan option’ and are now pursuing Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.
The Italian club have been ‘offered the option of taking back’ Rudiger ‘instead’ of sealing a deal for Smalling.