Reports stemming from Italy suggest that Arsenal have positioned themselves firmly in the race for on-loan Manchester United defender Chris Smalling.
English international Smalling has spent the last 10 years of his career on the books of Premier League giants United.
However, on the back of Harry Maguire’s big-money arrival from Leicester City last summer, Smalling was deemed surplus to requirements by Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
As such, following weeks of speculation, the 30-year-old departed Old Trafford for Serie A outfit AS Roma at the end of August.
Smalling made the move to the Stadio Olimpico on loan for the 2019/20 campaign.
Man United man impressing
And, after struggling for game-time over the early weeks of his stint in the Italian capital, Smalling has since gone on to establish himself as an integral member of the Giallorossi’s backline.
The stopper has notched starts in 21 of Roma’s 26 Serie A outings to this point in the campaign.
And, aside from some hit-and-miss form of late, Smalling has looked largely back to his best.
The 30-year-old’s positive impression at the Stadio Olimpico thus far, meanwhile, has seen reports mount that the Roma board have already come to the decision to attempt to make Smalling’s transfer a permanent one.
The reliable Gianluca Di Marzio previously revealed that the defender has ‘convinced everyone’ at the club, and that the capital giants have begun ‘working towards redemption at the end of the season’.
If the latest speculation emerging from Italy is to be believed, though, then Roma look set to face stiff competition for Smalling’s signature.
As per a report from the Gazzetta dello Sport, a host of Premier League clubs are expressing an interest in luring the stopper back to England.
It is claimed that both Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti and Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho have requested for their respective clubs to sanction summer deals.
Another English heavyweight reportedly keen, meanwhile, are Arsenal.
GDS even go as far as to suggest that the Gunners are ready to cough up the €29 million fee being demanded by Manchester United.
Roma also remain interested, but the aforementioned asking price could prove problematic for the Giallorossi.
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