Arsenal dealt transfer blow in pursuit of Manchester United defender Chris Smalling

first_imgSmalling is wanted by Arsenal, Juventus and Inter Milan (Picture: Getty)According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Serie A giants Juve and Inter are also lining up moves for the former Fulham star.AdvertisementAdvertisementIt’s understood United would be willing to part with Smalling for a fee of around £18million in the summer.Smalling’s ultimate goal is to return to the England set up and it’s likely this will have a major influence on his club future. Advertisement Comment Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has impressed on loan at Roma (Picture: Getty)Juventus and Inter Milan have reportedly joined Arsenal in the race to sign Manchester United’s on-loan centre-back Chris Smalling.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer allowed Smalling to complete a temporary switch to Roma in the summer and the 30-year-old has been a revelation in Italy, even captaining the side this season.Roma are already interested in making Smalling’s move permanent at the end of the campaign, but the club are likely to come up against stiff competition for the England international.Reports at the weekend claimed that Arsenal are preparing a bid for Smalling after keeping close tabs on the defender’s impressive performances this term.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal dealt transfer blow in pursuit of Manchester United defender Chris Smallingcenter_img Advertisement Manchester City 1-2 Manchester United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:20FullscreenManchester City 1-2 Manchester United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/manchester-city-1-2-manchester-united-ole-gunnar-solskjaer-press-conference-2065380/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Despite recent reports suggesting otherwise, Solskjaer expects Smalling to be back playing for United next season.‘Chris has been fantastic. We know sometimes if you change the environment it can go both ways,’ the Norwegian said last week.‘But Chris is the type to relish these challenges he’s cultured, enjoys life down there, it’s a new experience for him.‘He’s a boy who couldn’t be here without being a regular and we’re so happy for him because we can see the top player he is.’MORE: Patrick Vieira admits he would listen to Arsenal offer for manager role Metro Sport ReporterMonday 9 Dec 2019 11:43 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linklast_img read more

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