Serie A side Roma are planning to open talks with Manchester United over a permanent move for Chris Smalling in the coming weeks, reports in Italy claim.
Smalling made way for record defensive signing Harry Maguire at Old Trafford over the summer, joining Roma on a dry loan costing €3m.
Making his willingness to stay in Italy beyond the expiration of the loan known from the start, the feeling seems to have been made mutual already, with Gianluca Di Marzio confirming that Roma will begin negotiating with United imminently.
Smalling has featured in just five games so far, but has impressed enough to “convince everyone”, as per the report.
His agent was spotted at the Italian side’s training ground this morning, according to the Rome-based paper Corriere Dello Sport.
Two years will still remain on Smalling’s United contract by the time his loan spell has finished, but it appears that he could be cutting that deal short.