Manchester United have told Roma that they will have to pay £18m if they want to keep defender Chris Smalling on a permanent basis, according to reports.
Smalling, who was pushed out of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in the summer following the arrival of Harry Maguire from Leicester, has kicked on since moving to the Serie A having put in several solid performances.
Recent reports have linked Roma with sealing a permanent deal for the centre-back and, according to Italian news outlet Tuttosport, such a deal will come at the price of £18m.
However, the report continues by saying that Roma’s sporting director, Gianluca Petrachi, is attempting to bring the price tag down.
It is said that with Maguire having cemented his place at the back for United, Smalling is open to the idea of staying in Italy if the chance arises.
The Englishman played 323 times for United – chipping in with 18 goals and four assists – before leaving for the Italian top flight.