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Manchester United expect new bid from AS Roma for Chris Smalling

Manchester United expect to receive a new bid from AS Roma for Chris Smalling on a permanent deal.

The Italian side were unable to strike a deal prior to their Europa League round of 16 defeat against Sevilla, so Smalling returned to Manchester United are his loan spell. That was always going to be a temporary solution with the Reds welcome to offers.

But after spending a season with Roma in Serie A it looks like Smalling enjoyed himself and wants to go back. The England international needed a fresh start somewhere and he performed impeccably last term.

Meanwhile at United, Victor Lindelof partnered Harry Maguire but Axel Tuanzebe spent a lot of the season out injured and will see it as a wasted opportunity to get more first team experience at United.

Respected Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano says United expect a new offer and they are working to sign a new centre-back if a ‘good opportunity’ is on the market in the next few weeks.

ESPN suggested that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was targeting RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano who would be an upgrade on most defenders already at the club. He would be a sublime partner for Maguire but I’ll believe it when I see him holding a United shirt. Until then it’s only mere speculation.

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