Roma are working on a shock move to sign Manchester United’s Chris Smalling before Monday’s transfer deadline.
Smalling is out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and free to pursue a switch elsewhere after being told he has no future at Old Trafford – just nine months after signing a new three-year contract.
Roma are looking at landing the central defender on loan until the end of the season but Smalling has reservations about leaving the club.
As with Alexis Sanchez’s proposed move to Inter Milan, the Serie A side are unlikely to have the option to buy.
Roma would be expected to pay a loan fee, believed to be in the region of £2.7million.
The 29-year-old has not been involved in any of United’s three matchday squads so far this campaign, with Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire Solskjaer’s preferred pairing.
Academy product Axel Tuanzebe, who was at Aston Villa last term, has taken a place on the bench ahead of Smalling and Phil Jones.
Everton had shown interest in Smalling on deadline day but the England international remained at Old Trafford.