Everton and Tottenham have once again been named as suitors for Chris Smalling, with Arsenal joining the group too.
The Manchester United defender is currently on loan at Roma, who he joined in the summer when it became apparent there was no place for him at Old Trafford.
He has enjoyed something of a revival with the Serie A side, becoming a key player under manager Paulo Fonseca.
As a result, he’s been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League, and there have already been several reports claiming that both Everton and Tottenham are keen on his signature.
Gazzetta Dello Sport back those up today and say that both Carlo Ancelotti and José Mourinho have asked their clubs to sign Smalling from Manchester United.
Arsenal are interested as well, though, according to the newspaper, and they are ‘ready to meet’ United’s demands for the player.
At the moment that stands at €29m, around £25m, although whether any of the three clubs can get the 30-year-old is up for debate.
It’s explained that Roma would be happy to sign Smalling from Manchester United permanently, but the €29m figure is too high for them at present.
However, Smalling is thought to be happy to stay at the club but is waiting before deciding on his future.
His agents discussed him staying with Roma two weeks ago, although it will be heavily dependent on whether they can secure Champions League football next season.
If they don’t, Smalling is likely to return to the Premier League, although perhaps he is waiting to see where Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham finish before making a decision on their interest as well.