The out-of-favor defender is set to stay at the Serie A club.
On-loan Manchester United star Chris Smalling has impressed the decision-makers at Serie A side Roma, who are now planning on a deal to make the Englishman’s move to the club permanent.
Centre-back Chris Smalling moved to Roma in the summer transfer window which concluded last month on a year-long loan deal. He was one of the many Manchester United players who made the switch to Serie A, including the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Matteo Darmian.
While Sanchez’s future is still unclear, if reports from Sky Italy are to be believed, Smalling is looking set to make his Italy move permanent. The report claims that Roma are happy with the defender’s performance and are ready to initiate talks to sign him on a permanent deal.
The Englishman has become a regular for Roma ever since joining the club on loan from Manchester United. The Englishman completed, what seemed a peculiar loan move to the Italian giants at the start of the season but has since become a key member of the squad.
Meanwhile, Smalling’s performances in Italy have been top-notch and stats reflect how impactful he has been. As per Whoscored, the Manchester United-owned star is leading the league in aerial duels won this season, winning more than any other player on an average per game so far this season.
Smalling has gelled well with his central defensive partner Gianluca Mancini and Roma are hoping that the Englishman can extend his stay at the club for the foreseeable future.