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Roma concede Smalling defeat

Serie A side Roma have conceded defeat in their attempts to sign Chris Smalling on a permanent deal.

The Manchester United defender joined the Italian club on loan at the start of the season, and quickly settled down in his new environment, producing a series of impressive performances, and even captaining the side on a number of occasions.

They had wanted to convert the loan into a permanent arrangement, but were struggling to meet United’s valuation of £18 million of him before the shutdown of football in Italy. Now their financial situation as a result of it makes it an impossibility, even if the Premier League side may be forced to lower the price they want for him.

Instead they will turn their attention to other targets, including Tottenham centre-half Jan Vertonghen, who is available on a free transfer this summer.

They will face competition for his signature though from domestic rivals Inter Milan and Napoli, who are also interested in the 33 year old Belgian.

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