Man Utd reportedly look set to receive an upgraded transfer bid for in-form defender Chris Smalling as he moves out on loan at Roma.
The Serie A giants could do well to keep Chris Smalling beyond his loan term, and it appears they are now working to secure his signature on a permanent deal.
According to Il Romanista, Roma chiefs have talked lodging a fresh and improved bid in the next few days for Chris Smalling, who struggled towards the end of his time at Manchester United.
Still, one wonders if the Red Devils should now consider keeping hold of the 30-year-old defender, who is undoubtedly a superior option to the likes of Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo or Phil Jones.
That said, after having so long to establish himself at Man Utd, it makes sense that his future at Old Trafford may now have gone.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though, as he’s far from the only talented player to struggle in this Manchester United set-up recently.
Chris Smalling has revived his career at Roma, just as Romelu Lukaku has at Inter Milan this campaign, and the likes of Angel Di Maria and Memphis Depay have done with Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain, respectively.
It is sure to be frustrating for Manchester United supporters, however, to see them repeatedly fail to get the best out of players who then go on to shine elsewhere.