Manchester United are reportedly still hoping to bolster three positions before the summer transfer window shuts next Monday as Serie A side AS Roma make a breakthrough in talks to bring centre-back Chris Smalling back to Italy.
Smalling, 30, has be with the Reds for 10 years after signing from Fulham in 2011, however, having spent the whole of last season out on loan with AS Roma, the English centre-back’s time at Old Trafford looks to be slowly coming to an end.
The experienced defender returned to United at the back end of last season after his loan spell expired, however, it has been widely reported throughout the transfer window that AS Roma are keen to bring Smalling back on a permanent deal.
According to leading journalist David Ornstein, there has been a recent breakthrough in talks between AS Roma and United for Smalling with just the final details left to sort out.
Elsewhere, as United are planning for Smalling’s imminent departure, the Reds’ are also hoping to bolster up to three positions; a right-winger, a left-back and a striker before Monday’s deadline.
Roma closing in on permanent signing of Chris Smalling from Man Utd. Significant progress Weds – final details need sorting. #MUFC prioritising right winger, left-back process ongoing + a striker may sign if right chance arises @TheAthleticUK #MUFC #ASRoma https://t.co/DkgS6xK5Nr
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) October 1, 2020