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AS Roma and Man United re-open talks for English centre-back

Manchester United and Italian side AS Roma have reportedly re-opened talks for the transfer of English centre-back Chris Smalling who is ‘pushing’ for a permanent move.

Smalling, 30, joined United from Fulham under legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2010 and has since gone onto feature in 323 times for the Reds across all competitions.

The English defender’s decade long spell at Old Trafford has seen him lift five major trophies including two Premier League titles.

However, despite a largely successful time with United, Smalling’s time with the club looks set to come to an end.

After spending the duration of last season out on loan with AS Roma in a bid to reignite his career, the Englishman looks set to re-join the Italian club this season on a permanent deal.

Smalling featured in 37 matches for AS Roma last season and even managed to be directly involved in an impressive five goals in all competitions.

According to leading transfer expert Fabrizio Romano AS Roma and United have re-opened talks in the hope that a deal for Smalling can be reached.

Romano goes onto claim that the 30-year-old defender is also ‘pushing’ for a move away from Old Trafford and with just six days now left in the summer transfer window the two clubs will need to act quickly if a move is going to materialise.

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