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Arsenal launch bid for Smalling

Arsenal have launched a £25 million bid for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling,

The 30 year old England international had fallen out of favour at Old Trafford, particularly with the arrival of Harry Maguire at the club, and was sent out on a season’s loan to Roma in August.

In Italy he has enjoyed a career renaissance, and has earned a reputation already as one of the best defenders in Serie A.

Roma would like to make the loan permanent, but there is a divergence on price. They were hoping to pay £20 million, but United are holding out for at least £25 million.

That price gap has given Arsenal the opportunity to step in and make a bid, offering the former Fulham man the opportunity to return to London.  With United ready to sell him if they get the right offer, they could face competition though from Tottenham, Everton and Leicester City.

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