AS Roma are reportedly keen on signing Manchester United’s Chris Smalling and Diogo Dalot before the summer transfer window slams shut on Monday.
Despite being with the club for the last 10 years Smalling’s time as a United player seems to be coming to an end after it was reported earlier today by leading journalist David Ornstein that AS Roma have recently progressed in their talks to bring the English defender back to Italy.
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
Smalling spent the duration of last season on loan with the Serie A side in a spell which saw him impress after being directly involved in five goals in 37 appearances in all competitions.
However, as Smalling’s switch back to AS Roma appears to be edging closer the latest in the ongoing-saga comes from Manchester Evening News who have recently claimed that the Italian side also want to bring in full-back Dalot on loan.
United’s young Portuguese full-back has recently fallen out-of-favour with current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after seeing his first-team game-time opportunities limited.
Despite starting in his side’s Carabao Cup Fourth Round 3-0 win against Brighton and Hove Albion last night, MEN claim that Dalot has emerged as a late target for AS Roma who would like Dalot to be a part of their proposed deal for Smalling.
The report does state that any chance of United’s 21-year-old full-back being included in a deal for Smalling is unlikely due to the club preferring to offload him in a permanent deal with AS Roma more open to a loan move.
With just four days left before European deals need to be concluded any proposed deals will need to be finalised sooner rather than later.