Man Utd To Meet Roma To ‘Thrash Out Permanent Chris Smalling Transfer’

Manchester United and Roma were set to meet on Friday for talks over a permanent transfer for Chris Smalling.

That’s according to reports in Italy, where Smalling has impressed with the Serie A club.

Smalling joined Roma on a season-long loan in August after he was surplus to requirements at United.

The centre-back has played in five matches so far for the Italian club.

And he was on course to keep his third clean sheet until he was on the wrong end of a hugely controverial penalty decision  in Thursday’s Europa League clash against Borussia Monchengladbach.

With Roma leading 1-0, Smalling  jumped to defend a free-kick as the clock ticked into the 93rd minute and was hit full in the face by the ball.

But he and his Roma team-mates were stunned as Scottish referee Willie Collum awarded a penalty, adjudging Smalling to have handled.

With no VAR in the Europa League until the final, the decision on the field stood, and Lars Stindl fired home the spot-kick for Moenchengladbach, earning the visitors a 1-1 draw.

Although Roma still top their Europa League group, Smalling was left to reflect on his bad fortune.

The defender tweeted: “Disbelief that this decision went against us… We deserved the three points, so disappointed…”

Smalling dropped a big hint when he joined Roma back in August that he would be keen on a permanent move to Italy.

He said: “This is the perfect opportunity for me.

“The chance to experience a new league, with a big team that has got big aspirations is exactly what I needed.

“Hopefully I can hit the ground running. I’m looking forward to joining up with my team-mates.”

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