Chris Smalling’s loan move to AS Roma worked well for all involved in the deal. The 30 year old was able to get his career back on track and the Italian side were pleased with the performances he put in for them.
For Manchester United it also provided an opportunity for the player’s value to rise, and that meant that when Roma decided they wanted to make the move permanent there was no way Smalling was going to move for a heavily discounted price.
Demanding €25m for their player (consisting of a €20m fixed fee plus a further €5m in bonus payments), the Premier League club knew that if Roma didn’t match the price then it was likely there’d be interest from elsewhere.
That interest has now arrived, report SportMediaset. They state Inter Milan are looking to match the asking price, because manager Antonio Conte values Smalling’s experience and desire to be successful.
Inter Milan and Manchester United have a record of doing transfers recently, with Romelu Lukaku, Ashley Young and Alexis Sanchez all swapping Old Trafford for the San Siro. That shows there’s good communication between the two clubs, which would help any deal for Smalling.
One of Milan Škriniar and Diego Godin is expected to leave Inter this summer, according to the report.