Currently in the middle of a change of ownership while the world of football is on hold, AS Roma aren’t in the stablest situation.
They still have to think about the future, however, and that includes working out what to do with Chris Smalling, currently on loan from Manchester United.
Roma’s stance is well known, in that they want to keep the England international beyond the current season, but for them to do that, they need to convince the Premier League club with an adequate offer.
And that’s exactly what they’ve tried to do.
Il Tempo on Monday claim their director of football, Gianluca Petrachi, has sent ‘at least three offers’ to the Red Devils, who have returned them to sender each time because of how well Smalling was playing before the league was suspended.
They also believe the asking price is ‘around €20m’, which has been corroborated elsewhere, but with the uncertainty surrounding whether or not the league will be finished and if Roma will be able to qualify for the Champions League, the money might not be there to do it.
For now, things are on standby, especially with the club’s sale to Dan Friedkin currently on the ropes, but Smalling’s future is still very much a priority for the club one way or another.