This Saturday’s game against Juventus will be the last match for Chris Smalling wearing the Roma shirt. According to the Italian press, Manchester United has closed in a band and does not want to extend the transfer of the English central defender to the Roman club, so the defender will not be able to play in the Europa League with the ‘giallorossi’ team.
The negotiations between Rome and United so that Smalling could be in the duel against Sevilla next Thursday have not come to fruition after the high demands of the English team. The ‘red devils’ want to make cash with the player, valued at more than 20 million euros, however the Roman club does not want to go over 15 ‘kilos.’
The last attempt to extend the loan made United go off the hook asking for 200,000 euros so that Smalling could play against Sevilla, something that they refused from Rome. Meanwhile, the player has already insisted that he wants to finish the course with the capitol club, he is even seduced by the option of continuing his career in Rome, but even so United has not yielded.
Italian officials have asked United for a new meeting on Monday before the player rosters for this final phase of the Europa League are due to be handed over to UEFA.
The difficulties that United is putting with Smalling have in turn caused Roma to accelerate the hiring of Jan Vertonghen for the next season, although the preferred one remains Smalling.
The fact of not being able to count on the English is a hard blow for the aspirations of the Roma in his match against Sevilla. The Roman club comes to the appointment in full positive streak after chaining 7 wins and 1 draw in the last matches, but now they will have to face the Europa League without one of their strongholds.