Roma renew interest in signing Manchester United player

According to reports, Italian side AS Roma are ready to renew their interest in Manchester United defender Chris Smalling following a successful takeover by new owner Dan Friedkin.

The England international enjoyed a hugely successful loan spell at the Serial A side, hut they were unable to raise the funds necessary to turn his move into a permanent one.

According to reports in Italy, the 30-year-old will be unable to play during the latter stages of the Europa League after they failed to secure his permanent signing in time for Europa League registration, but he could yet return to the Italian capital in time for the start of next season.

“I think Chris has shown over his Manchester United career how valuable he is at Manchester United,” Solskjaer said earlier this week addressing the defender’s future.

“This season was about him being a regular and going to Roma and showing how good a centre-back he is, I wanted to give Harry [Maguire], Vic[tor Lindelof] and maybe Axel [Tuanzebe] a chance.

“It was best for him to go and play for a year in Roma and he has shown he will be valuable, I’ve been speaking to Chris throughout. I’ve been delighted with his season.”

Smalling, however, is keen to join Roma, but they will have to get closer to the club’s initial asking price of around €20m.