Italian sides Juventus and Inter Milan have reportedly joined the race for England defender Chris Smalling who is currently on loan at AS Roma from Manchester United.
Smalling, who joined the Italian giants on a season-long loan deal after falling out of favor at Old Trafford has been in scintillating form for Roma. He has scored two league goals and set up several others for the capital-based club.
His fine form has attracted the interest of several clubs across Europe with Arsenal, Roma and now Juventus and Inter Milan all interested in the 30-year old. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had earlier indicated that the player will return to the club at the end of the season.
“He’s a boy who couldn’t be here without being a regular and we decided on that. I am so, so happy for him because we can see the top player he is and yes he will return to the club,” the Norwegian said.
Reports in Italy now indicate that Inter and the Old Lady are both interested in pricing away the former Fulham FC defender. The center-back will reportedly cost around eight million pounds and an amount both clubs are willing to cough.
The stumbling block however is convincing the player to move away from Rome. He has earlier admitted that he has settled well with his family in Rome and is open to signing for the club permanently from Manchester United.