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Roma break Smalling deadlock

Roma have broken their deadlock with Manchester United over defender Chris Smalling.

The former England defender had enjoyed a successful season in Italy on loan but there were fears that he would be heading back to his parent club at the end of the extended campaign with the Serie A side unable to afford to buy him permanently.

However, now the two sides may have agreed a compromise. Under the draft agreement, Smalling would stay on loan with Roma next season, and they now have the option to buy him in the summer of 2021 for £15 million.

United had originally wanted £27 million for Smalling, but, given the current final climate, have lowered their asking price. Smalling has made 28 appearances for Roma and has even captained them on several occasions this season.

The latest move effectively signals that Smalling’s United career is now over, a decade after he first joined the club from Fulham.

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