With rumours strife that defender Chris Smalling is keen in making his loan move to AS Roma a permanent one, Manchester United are said not to be budging out on their £25m price tag on the defender.
Smalling performances have been enough to convince Roma to bring him in on a permanent deal and they have opened discussions with the Old Trafford hierarchy on the same.
According to the Sun, the Italian giants have pitched an initial £13m bid with £3.5m in add-ons, but United turned down that proposal and believe Smalling has justified the price tag they have mooted.
Smalling is said to be desperate in leaving United and would even consider taking a cut to his £130,000 a week wages to push a deal through; the defender has featured 20 times for Roma this season, scoring twice and helping to keep seven clean sheets across all competitions.
He has started every game for Paulo Fonseca's team and has played every single minute, forming a partnership with Gianluca Mancini at the back and leading Roma to fourth place in the Serie A table.
Roma fears that Smalling form might attract interest from other teams and are looking to tie down the 30-year old as fast as they can.
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