ML: Milan ready to pounce for Man Utd defender; ground already probed with agents

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are ‘at the window’ watching closely as Roma have run into complications regarding their pursuit of Chris Smalling, a report claims.

The 30-year-old is owned by Manchester United and is currently on a dry loan, and a number of outlets have claimed Roma want to sign the Englishman on a permanent basis.

However, it will not be straightforward. The Giallorossi are in the midst of a complex transfer of ownership, and United meanwhile are asking for a €25m fee to make it a permanent deal.

As MilanLive reports, Smalling could therefore be a strong temptation for several clubs in need of a central defender of experience, with talk of a possible return to England via a move to Arsenal or Everton.

Watch out for Milan though, as the Rossoneri have already probed the ground with Smalling’s agents in the last few months, especially after his convincing performances with the Roma shirt.

The profile of the 31-year-old would be ideal for Milan next season: a centre-back capable of governing the defence and supporting a younger partner like Alessio Romagnoli.

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