Chris Smalling has been one of the standout defenders in Serie A this season after joining AS Roma on loan from Manchester United.

The centre-back’s impressive displays for Roma have convinced them to sign him on a permanent deal.

Multiple reports from the Italian media have explained the Red Devils are demanding €20m to sanction their player’s sale next summer.

On December 11th, we carried a report from Corriere dello Sport, who explained Roma sporting director Gianluca Petrachi has already met the 30-year-old’s agent in recent days to discuss about the transfer.

Even though there’s been reports of interest from other clubs, Paulo Fonseca’s side have been working on retaining the former Fulham man beyond this campaign.

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This was confirmed by Roma team manager Morgan De Sanctis while speaking to Sky Italia and he further added Smalling is happy with his life in the Italian capital.

“You know very well that the club are trying to find a solution that makes everyone happy. The will is strong but you have to take right steps, without getting caught up in the excitement. The footballer reiterates on a daily basis that he is happy at Roma,” De Sanctis was quoted as saying by

Clearly the Roma representative couldn’t publicly hide his side’s desire to sign Smalling on a permanent deal.