Roma are preparing to significantly increase their offer for Chris Smalling in a last-ditch attempt to sign the Manchester United defender, according to a report.
Smalling thoroughly enjoyed last season’s loan spell with the Serie A side, who remain keen on the centre-back. Indeed Roma have tried – so far unsuccessfully – to sign him on a permanent deal.
Paulo Fonseca’s side previously submitted an £11million offer, which United reportedly bluntly rejected. The same report claimed the Red Devils want at least £18million for the defender.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Fonseca has insisted that he will not give up on signing Smalling. As such, Roma are now preparing to send a new €18million (£16.3million) offer to United.
The offer will be for another season-long loan deal leading to a permanent exit to Smalling’s permanent Old Trafford exit.
What’s more, it will comprise of a €3million loan fee and a €15million transfer fee thereafter.
Roma have given themselves a deadline of a “couple of days” in order to complete the deal. If United stand firm and the deal once again falls through, the Italians will look elsewhere.
Indeed reports have mentioned Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger as an alternative. Tottenham though are also reportedly keen on the Germany international.
Smalling is now on the fringes of the United defence, with Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire ahead of him in the pecking order.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted uncertainty about the centre-back’s future last week.
“Different things need to happen there, let’s wait and see if there is that change,” the Norwegian told a press conference.
“Let’s see what happens if and when the transfer window closes what happens to Chris.”
Man Utd continue winger search
Meanwhile, United are reportedly considering a move for Watford forward Ismaila Sarr.
The Red Devils have until next Monday to sign top target Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. However Dortmund have so far stood firm on their £108million valuation of the 20-year-old.
As such Sarr could be an alternative and United would have more time to complete a move.