Manchester United and Italian giants AS Roma have entered into talks over the possibility of having defender Chris Smalling for another season.
Smalling is on a season-long loan at Roma and after some brilliant display, there have been claims that Roma is keen to have the English centre back beyond this season.
According to Football Italia via The Mirror, Roma is looking to extend the players’ loan into next season with a £13m purchase clause included although United value the player at £25m.
In a bid to cut Smalling off their wage bill, United is willing to lower their asking price on the player with Roma said to have offered the Premier League club a £2.5m loan fee for next season.
The Italians have posted half-yearly losses of €87million and with Champions League football for next season looking increasingly unlikely, they will have a very limited budget in the summer meaning a permanent move for Smalling next season would be unlikely.
United are insisting in offloading the player permanently and with Roma said to be unwilling to match the player’s high wages, they might just lose him to other suitors who might bow to United demands.
Smalling has made 32 appearances in which he has chipped in with two goals this season as Roma attempt to get back to the Champions League. They are currently in 5th spot, 14 points off the top four.