Roma ‘give up on Chris Smalling after Manchester United reject their final offer on Sunday’ with the Old Trafford club ‘holding out for a bid of over £18m’ before selling the defender
- Chris Smalling has reportedly played his last game on loan at Roma
- Italian side have failed to agree transfer fee with parent club Manchester United
- Smalling now expected to head back to United, who he joined 10 years ago
- However, he is unlikely to have a first-team future under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Chris Smalling is set to head back to Manchester United after Roma were unable to negotiate a fee with his parent club over a permanent deal.
The former England defender has spent the season on loan in the Italian capital, with the Serie A side having paid a £2.7million loan fee last summer.
But according to Sky Sport Italia, an increased bid from Roma has still not met the Premier League side’s valuation of £18m and they will ‘give up’ hopes of keeping him, with the centre-back likely head back to Old Trafford having played his last game for the club.
Roma have reportedly failed to agree a fee with Manchester United for Chris Smalling
Smalling has otherwise impressed at Roma this term where he has featured 37 times in all competitions, netting three goals.
The 30-year-old is poised to return to the club he joined ten years ago from Fulham but he is unlikely to feature again under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The United boss prefers other defensive options at Old Trafford, and it leaves Smalling’s surplus to requirements despite still having two years left on his current deal.
The defender has impressed in the Italian capital this term while on loan from United
Smalling helped Paulo Fonseca’s side to a fifth place finish in Serie A but is not expected to feature in the remainder of their Europa League campaign as Roma attempt to secure Champions League football for next term.
They will face Sevilla on Thursday in the last-16 in Germany.
Looking ahead to next season, the Italian outfit could now attempt to lure Jan Vertonghen to the club following his release form Tottenham Hotspur after eight years.
But now he is expected to head back to Old Trafford where he remains surplus to requirements