Roma are set for fresh talks with Manchester United over a permanent deal for centre-back Chris Smalling.
The 29-year-old has been in stellar form since sealing his loan switch to Rome in the summer. He has made ten appearances in all competitions so far, helping Roma climb up to sixth in Serie A.
Roma have been hugely impressed by his form and are keen to strike a permanent deal for Smalling. According to Il Messaggero, they have been working with United to try and reach an agreement for three weeks already, and they are set for fresh negotiations next week.
United value Smalling at €18m, but Roma are reluctant to go that high. They normally try to avoid signing any player over 27 years old, but they are prepared to make a 'unique exception' as a result of the centre-back's outstanding form.
Having already paid €3m to seal the loan move in the first place, Roma want to offer €15m to sign Smalling permanently, which would give United the €18m which they feel Smalling is worth.
Roma are understood to be optimistic that they will be able to get this deal over the line, but it will all come down to whether United are prepared to lower their asking price.
Smalling is under contract at Old Trafford until 2022, so United will be under no immediate pressure to accept a deal which does not appeal to them.
However, there is no place for Smalling in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's starting lineup. The boss has moved on to a preferred pairing of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindel