Chris Smalling won’t be short of suitors if he intends to leave Manchester United permanently in the summer transfer window.
Smalling enjoyed an excellent season-long loan spell at Roma last term, becoming a regular under Paulo Fonseca. The 30-year-old made 29 Serie A starts, scoring three league goals for the Giallorossi.
And according to 90min.com, the defender is keen on a move away from Old Trafford in the hope of playing his way into contention for Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the delayed European Championships next summer.
Smalling is aware that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can make him no guarantees over game time next season, with the Norwegian boss currently preferring the duo of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof.
Therefore, he will assess his options before making his next move with clubs from England, Italy and France all interested in his signature.
90min’s report notes United would be willing to sell Smalling permanently, and ask for a fee of around £20m for the player who has now spent a decade at Old Trafford.
It is claimed Smalling would prefer a move back to Roma either on loan or on a permanent transfer, but Roma are reluctant to meet United’s asking price for the defender.
Everton, Newcastle, West Ham, and former club Fulham are all said to have registered an interest in Smalling.
But 90min’s report suggests Smalling has made it clear that he will make the decision on his next club and will not be forced moving somewhere that he does not want to go.
Anyhow, it doesn’t look like Smalling’s future lies at Manchester United.