Manchester United have to make some massive decisions about their players in the upcoming winter-transfer window.
There have been reports about youth academy players being sent on loan. Much more speculation has existed about the possible arrivals at Old Trafford, in a bid to rejuvenate what has been a very underwhelming season for the Mancunian outfit.
At the same time, the recent performance of one loaned out player has led to ample speculation about his future.
Chris Smalling has been impeccable away from Old Trafford with his recent heroics at AS Roma. His brilliant defensive statistics have been drawing comparisons with the likes of Virgil Van Dijk and Harry Maguire.
Now, the Daily Star reports that Manchester United have rejected a €15 million bid from Roma, who wish to make Smalling’s loan deal a permanent one by the end of the season.
When the deal was struck in the summer, the Serie A giants didn’t have the erstwhile benefit of a ‘first-choice signing option’ clause at the end of the loan period.
As a result, Smalling has emerged as an attractive option for the highest bidder.
However, the report does kill hopes that some Manchester United fans have been nurturing about the possibility of the English centre-back returning to Old Trafford. It appears that Ed Woodward is holding out on a bigger fee from the interested parties, in the range of the €20 million mark.
Further, both AC Milan and Inter Milan are allegedly interested in acquiring his signature, although the report adds that Smalling himself would be comfortable staying at Roma having familiarized himself there.
The sordid displays put forth by Victor Lindelof in United’s recent defeat to AFC Bournemouth led many supporters to hope that Smalling would return to the Premier League.
Interestingly, a recent interview given by the player himself does indicate that he wishes to function as a Manchester United player again.