Chris Smalling’s agent has arrived in Italy to discuss the possibility of a permanent transfer from Manchester United to Roma, according to reports.
The club paid an initial £2.7m to secure the loan deal and Smalling has established himself as an important part of Paulo Fonseca’s team.
After initially struggling with a muscle injury, the 29-year-old looks to have done enough to persuade the Serie A giants to sign him permanently.
Smalling has formed an effective partnership with Gianluca Mancini, starting the last three league games ahead of Federico Fazio and Juan Jesus.
And Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness) claims that Smalling’s agent, James Featherstone, has met officials from the Italian outfit in Rome to talk about the ‘possibility of buying the defender’.
The report adds that Roma will need to be very persuasive if they are to convince United to part with their player as they ‘seem intent’ on keeping him at Old Trafford.
If Roma manage to qualify for the Champions League then negotiations would be a lot easier with Smalling’s value reportedly set at €15-20million.