It was reported on Wednesday that Chris Smalling’s agent had travelled to Rome to negotiate with the Serie A giants.
The Englishman also scored his first goal for the club on Wednesday night, helping his club on the way to a 4-0 win over Udinese, further endearing himself to the fans after stellar performances in recent weeks.
Gianluca Petrachi, Roma’s director of football, openly discussed the possibility of signing the Englishman on a permanent basis, with the price tag Manchester United have placed on their player – which was claimed to be around €15-20m – thought to be an obstacle to overcome.
Corriere dello Sport are claiming United and Roma have reached a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ for the centre-back, with the fee still negotiable.
An agreement between the two clubs looks likely given the number of centre-back options United have at their disposal.
Along with first-choice pairing Maguire and Victor Lindelof, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also has Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Axel Tuanzebe to call on.