Reports stemming from Italy today suggest that Chris Smalling’s superb start to life in Italy has seen both Milanese giants join the hunt for his signature.
English international Smalling had spent the last 9 years of his career on the books of Premier League giants Manchester United.
However, on the back of Harry Maguire’s big-money arrival from Leicester City over the summer, Smalling was deemed surplus to requirements by Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
As such, on the back of weeks of speculation, the 29-year-old departed Old Trafford for Serie A outfit AS Roma at the end of August.
The stopper made the move to the Stadio Olimpico on loan for the 2019/20 campaign.
And, after struggling for game-time over the early weeks of his stint in the Italian capital, Smalling has since gone on to thoroughly-impress of late.
The former Fulham youngster has notched starts in 8 of Roma’s last 9 outings, with the stellar nature of his displays highlighted by the fact that he is yet to be dribbled past by a single player during his Serie A adventure:
0 – Chris Smalling is only one of two centre backs in Serie A who have not been dribbled past this season when attempting a tackle. Likewise, he ranks 5th for success in aerial duels with 71.43%.
It is good to see him doing well. pic.twitter.com/KmF5SGBJ8y
— UtdArena. (@utdarena) November 5, 2019
He also notched his first goal in Italy last week, as the Giallorossi romped to a 4-0 win at Udinese.
Milan clubs to rival Roma?
Smalling’s positive impression at the Stadio Olimpico thus far, meanwhile, has seen reports spread of late that the Roma board have already come to the decision to attempt to make the stopper’s transfer permanent.
The reliable Gianluca Di Marzio revealed late last month that Smalling has ‘convinced everyone’ at the club, and that the capital giants have begun ‘working towards redemption at the end of the season’.
— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) October 25, 2019
As per the latest reports stemming from Italy today, though, Roma may not have it all their own way in the hunt for Smalling’s signature.
Il Tempo have suggested that both Inter and AC Milan are now keen on the Manchester United loanee.
The San Siro rivals are said to be eyeing defensive reinforcements, with Smalling viewed as a viable target.
Crucially, however, the stopper himself has his heart set on remaining in the Italian capital.
The Man United board, meanwhile, are expected to demand a fee in the region of £17 million for Smalling.