AC Milan and Inter Milan have made attempts to hijack Roma’s permanent move for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, according to reports in Italy.
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.
And on Thursday, Corriere dello Sport claimed United and Roma have reached a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ for the centre-back, with the fee still negotiable.
But fresh reports on Sunday in il Tempo (via SempreMilan) say that both Milan clubs have tried to hijack Roma’s deal for Smalling.
However, the report in Italy adds that Smalling’s mind is made up and he wants to stay in Rome.