Everton have ‘asked for information’ about AS Roma’s Chris Smalling, according to Sky Italia.
The 31-year-old initially joined the Serie A side on a loan deal from Manchester United in 2019 and his stay was made permanent a year later.
Smalling endured a difficult 2020/21 campaign as the defender struggled with multiple injuries, which is why he ended up making only 21 appearances across all competitions, which includes 13 league starts.
The former Fulham man’s multiple injuries in the last 12 months haven’t stopped the Toffees from setting their sights on him.
It’s claimed the centre-back ‘could be sacrificed’ if the ‘right offer’ were to arrive at the Giallorossi’s offices this summer.
Roma manager José Mourinho trained the player when the two were at Old Trafford.
However, the Portuguese tactician is looking for a new central defender in the market, with ‘characteristics different’ to that of Smalling, and with pace.
Smalling, who has a contract until 2023, is drawing attention from Everton and his club are ready to sacrifice him if there’s a convincing proposal.
It may be too early to predict whether the Premier League side will take further steps to sign the player this summer.