Manchester United ‘reject’ first bid from Roma for Chris Smalling with Red Devils holding out for higher transfer fee

5 Nov

Manchester United have reportedly rejected a bid from Roma for Chris Smalling, who is currently on loan at the Italian club.

The Serie A outfit are thought to be keen on signing the centre-back on a permanent basis after his impressive performances throughout the opening months of season.

Chris Smalling has impressed on loan at Roma
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Smalling was allowed to leave United on a loan deal after falling down the pecking order at Old Trafford following the £80million capture of Harry Magiure from Leicester.

The 29-year-old has produced a string of impressive performances in the first seven games of the season.

He has scored one goal, and his spectacular goal line clearance at the weekend quickly went viral on social media.

The Daily Star report the Red Devils have rejected a £13m bid from Roma to buy Smalling outright.

United’s executive vice chairman, Ed Woodward, is thought to be holding out for closer to £17m.

Italian publication Il Tempo report that Smalling’s strong performances have also attracted the attention of both Milan and Inter.

The former England international is on loan with Roma until the end of the season and it is thought they would not have first refusal to sign him permanently at the end of that deal.

The centre-back is contracted to Manchester United until July 2022.

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