Smalling impressing in Italy
After falling down the centre-back pecking order at Manchester United, Chris Smalling was allowed to leave the Manchester powerhouse on loan over the summer.
Smalling opted to sign on a season-long loan with Serie A outfit AS Roma.
Since moving to the Italian capital, Smalling has cemented himself as a pivotal member of Roma’s backline.
The 30-year-old has featured 14 times across all competitions so far this campaign. And he has put on some standout displays, including vs Brescia where Smalling scored, assisted and helped Roma keep a clean sheet.
Smalling’s upsurge in form also looks to have caught the eye of England boss Gareth Southgate.
The Mail reported earlier this week that Southgate traveled to Italy to watch Smalling play in Roma’s 0-0 draw with Inter Milan on Friday.
Premier League clubs linked with Smalling
In light of his superb form of late, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently stated that Smalling will be back in Manchester next season:
“Yeah [he will return].
“Chris has been fantastic, but we know sometimes if you change the environment it can go both ways. But Chris is the type to relish these challenges.
“He’s cultured, enjoys life down there. It’s a new experience for him, and he is a boy who couldn’t be here without being a regular and I’m so happy for him. We can see the top player he is.” As quoted by the Sun.
However, Smalling has previously been linked with a permanent switch to Rome.
And now, the Mirror are reporting that Arsenal are among a number of Premier League clubs who want to bring Smalling back to English football next summer.
The same report from the Mirror also alleges that Leicester and Everton are among the clubs keeping tabs on Smalling.