You may recall an article last week stating that Manchester United were being a bit awkward regarding the loan extension for Chris Smalling.

The defender’s current deal is set to expire on Tuesday, and we all know AS Roma would like to keep him for longer.

Unfortunately, there’s the Europa League to take into consideration, as there’s a chance the two clubs could meet in the competition, and the last thing United want is Smalling, currently doing very well with the Italian side, making life more difficult for them on the pitch.

That’s why there’s been a bit of reluctance from Ed Woodward and co.’s end to agree to an extension until August, but Il Tempo believe a compromise has been found for now.

The local newspaper claim there is an ‘agreement to keep Smalling for the rest of the league’, which will give both parties ‘a month of time to negotiate on the Europa League and next year’.

It appears Manchester United are still a tad iffy about the terms Roma want to keep the defender beyond the 2019-20 campaign, but this initial understanding allows them more time to sort it out without compromising the player’s season, at least until the end of July.