Manchester United are yet to receive an offer from Roma to make Chris Smalling’s loan deal permanent, as per reports, despite reports the Italian club are pushing to agree a deal.
United are still expecting the defender to return to Old Trafford when his season-long spell is over, after the club allowed him to join the Serie A side for more game time and top-flight exposure.
Smalling has thrived under coach Paulo Fonseca in his 10 games so far and recently said he is “really enjoying” life in Italy – including their vegan food – despite missing life at United.
Roma’s sporting director Gianluca Petrachi has previously confirmed “if Smalling wants to stay, we will open talks with United. The relationship between our clubs is excellent and we will evaluate this possibility”.
The Serie A side, who are sixth in the table, are said to be willing to pay over £10m to make the 29-year-old a permanent signing from the summer of 2020 – but no negotiations have yet taken place between the two clubs about a deal.