Serie A giants AS Roma are hoping to secure the services of on-loan duo Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Chris Smalling to permanent deals after the end of the current campaign.
The 30-year-old centre-back has joined the Serie giants from the Red Devils and he has since played 26 games in all competitions for Paulo Fonseca’s side and established himself as one of the best defenders in the Italian top-tier.
Armenian international Mkhitaryan has been struggled to play first-team football by niggling injuries since making a move from the Gunners. However, he got a goal and an assist in Roma’s 4-0 victory over Lecce on Sunday.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Fonseca said: “Chris is a great, great man, a great, great professional.
“The adaptation (to Italian football) was very easy for him. He’s a boy that everyone loves in the club because he is a great professional.
“I would like Chris to stay. We are speaking. I don’t know if it is possible because of the situation with Manchester United, but I would like so much for Chris to stay here with us because he is very important. I would also like to keep Mkhi in our team.”
Italian giants now sit fifth in the Serie A table as they continue to push for the Champions League football and they continue their Europa League season on Thursday when they travel to take on Gent in Belgium.