Roma will make an opening offer of €15m to Manchester United as they look to secure the permanent signing of Chris Smalling, according to reports.
The English defender has seriously impressed in the first few games of his loan from United to the Serie A club, who are already looking into the possibility of buying him outright.
His agent was spotted at the club’s training ground last week, as talk of a permanent Old Trafford exit began – before Sky Sports suggested he was likely to return to United at the end of the season.
Nonetheless, the Italian media believe Roma remain firmly interested in keeping him beyond this season, with Gazzetta Dello Sport (via Goal Italy) claiming a €15m bid would be needed for United to start thinking about letting him go for good.
The Old Trafford hierarchy would prefer something closer to €20m if they are to part company with the 29-year-old, who has three years remaining on his contract.
Smalling himself is believed to be open to making the move permanent, having previously spoken of his consideration of a “longer-term future in Italy”.
However, it is warned that Roma – who have already paid United €3m for the loan – may not be able to afford him if they miss out on Champions League qualification for a second year running.