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Roma meets Man Utd £18m demand for Smalling

According to reports, Serie A side Roma are closing in on a contract for Man Utd defender Chris Smalling with the clubs approaching an agreement.

After reaching the Roma final of his good loan spell with Roma, Smalling is back at Old Trafford. The Englishman performed well in Italy and, while in the capital, made 37 appearances in all competitions.

Over the summer, the Serie A outfit had already attempted to reach an agreement with Man Utd, but they struggled to make a settlement.

The report adds: ‘Significant progress was made on the deal on Wednesday and only the final details of the transfer now need to be resolved between the two sides’.

In early September, Roma were claimed to have ‘re-opened transfer negotiations’ with the Red Devils, with the Italian club placing a EUR 12m (£ 11m) bid on the table.

Over the past few weeks, nothing has materialized, but now David Ornstein and Laurie Whitwell of The Athletic say that Roma are closing in on Smalling ‘s permanent signing from Man Utd.
Man Utd is also considered to want a fee in excess of £ 18 m and closer to £ 20 m and it ‘now looks like the bid from Roma will meet the demands of United’.

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