Man Utd in talks with Roma over extending Chris Smalling’s loan for next season amid transfer talks over £13m deal

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MANCHESTER UNITED are in talks with Roma about extending the centre-back’s loan deal to include next season, according to reports.

The Englishman has been on loan with the Serie A side since last summer and the discussions have taken place amid recent reports linking him with a permanent transfer at the end of this season.

Smalling has become a fans’ favourite at the Stadio Olimpico – making 32 appearances in all competitions this season.

However, his current deal sees him return to Old Trafford on August 2 when Serie A finishes.

But the Italians are now discussing the option of having him on loan again next season with the option to buy for £13m at the end of that campaign, according to Football Italia.

The Red Devils are said to want a fee of around £22m – down from their previously requested £25m.

Club adviser Franco Baldini is said to have offered United a £2.5m loan fee for next season.

And Roma would offer Smalling a four-year-deal if his move was made permanent next summer.

But as things stand United are reportedly holding firm and will not let him play in Roma’s remaining Europa League games if a breakthrough cannot be made.

Things appeared to have progressed at the end of June.

And in May, Smalling – who desperately wants to stay in Italy – spoke to boss Paulo Fonseca to let him know his thoughts.

And the Serie A outfit also committed to doing “everything” to keep the 31-cap England defender.

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