AS Roma are prepared to make a €15 million (£12.9m) offer to Manchester United for England international Chris Smalling after the defender’s superb start to his loan spell at the Serie A club.
The 29-year-old star joined AS Roma for a season-long loan on 30 August and has been a revelation thus far, securing a regular starting place in Paulo Fonseca’s starting eleven and scoring his first goal for the club in the 4-0 win over Udinese on Wednesday night.
The former England defender has been with the Red Devils since 2010 and has a contract until the summer of 2022 but is keen to join AS Roma permanently after the smooth start to his stint in the Italian capital.
Giallorossi are delighted with his impact thus far and are already ready to make an offer to Manchester United to buy him outright.
The club are preparing a €15 million offer to be sent to Old Trafford next week, consisting of €12 million up front and €3 million in add-ons.
The club have already paid the Premier League club €3 million for the loan this campaign.
Roma have a five-year deal ready to offer to the player and will now wait to see if the Old Trafford owners accept their bid.
Smalling had fallen behind Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire in the pecking order at Old Trafford and was battling with Axel Tuanzebe, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones to be the third-choice centre-back before going out on loan.