Roma have confirmed that they are in talks to make Chris Smalling’s loan move from Manchester United permanent, while a PSG chief has made contact with the entourage of a Tottenham star – all in Friday’s European papers.
ROMA CHIEF CONFIRMS SMALLING APPROACH
Roma team manager Morgan De Sanctis has confirmed that the club are working to turn Chris Smalling’s loan move from Manchester United into a permanent deal.
Smalling, who fell out of favour under Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following the arrival of Harry Maguire from Leicester, was allowed to leave for the Serie A giants on a temporary move.
The centre-back has enjoyed a resurgence since moving to Italy, turning in a Man of the Match performance against Lecce in September before captaining the side in a recent Europa League clash against Istanbul Basaksehir.
Recent reports have suggested that Roma want to extend Smalling’s stay at the club and, speaking to Calciomercato, De Sanctis confirmed that talks are already underway.
“You know very well that the club are trying to find a solution that makes everyone happy,” he said.
“The will is strong but you have to take the right steps, without getting caught up in the excitement. The footballer reiterates on a daily basis that he is happy at Roma.”
Roma currently sit fifth in the Europa League table, nine points off leaders Inter Milan.
AND THE REST
Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has contacted Christian Eriksen’s entourage about a possible move for the Tottenham midfielder in January (Foot Mercato)
Chelsea have an option to buy back winger Jermie Boga from Sassuolo, who moved to the Serie A last summer (Corrierre dello Sport)
Atletico Madrid want to sign Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso and the structure of the deal would be similar to the one which took Alvaro Morata to the Spanish capital (COPE)
Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte also has his eye on Alonso – as well as Udinese’s Rodrigo de Paul – as potential targets in January (Corrierre dello Sport)
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has given the green light for the club to make an approach for Tottenham’s Davinson Sanchez in a bid to improve their defence (Don Balon)
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is keen to make Dani Ceballos’ move to Arsenal a permanent one (Don Balon)
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola wants Real Sociedad’s Mikel Oyarzabal if Leroy Sane leaves the club (El Confidencial)
Atalanta president Antonio Percassi has said that he “cried alone” on Wednesday after the club beat Shakhtar Donetsk to secure qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Roma are considering a swap deal with AC Milan that would bring Hakan Calhanoglu to the club, with Cengiz Under, Diego Perotti and Amadou Diawara in line to go the other way (Corrierre dello Sport)
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has said that he would be excited if the club were to draw Real Madrid again in the knockout stages of the Champions League (Tuttosport)
Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, wants to reunite with his former club in the final of the competition (Sky Sports)
Madrid are willing to offer Napoli €50m and midfielder Luka Modric in a bid to sign centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly (El Desmarque)
Neymar is suing Barcelona for £2.96m due to an unpaid portion of his salary and bonuses (El Mundo)
Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has said that he is unconcerned by Luka Jovic’s form, despite the attacker scoring only once in 12 appearances so far this season (Football-Espana)