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Man Utd demand £20m Chris Smalling transfer fee with Roma desperate for permanent switch and future up-in-air

MANCHESTER UNITED are demanding £20million for Chris Smalling this summer – with Roma still desperate to snap him up.

The England defender, 30, returned to Old Trafford last week after his loan with the Serie A giants ended.

He had become a huge favourite at the club after an impressive season, and is interested in a permanent move.

It is understood Smalling would like a return to Italy, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still a big fan of his.

United are asking for £20m for the centre-back, and want a quick answer from Smalling on where he sees his future.

He still has two years left on his £130,000-a-week deal, which Roma were forced into paying a large chunk of.

SunSport understands the ex-Fulham ace would be willing to take a sizeable pay cut to secure a move away.

However, the Giallorossi are only willing to fork out around £15m for him, which United have rejected.

The Red Devils are in the market for another defender, and would also like to get Marcos Rojo off their books.

Solskjaer wants to sign a left-sided centre-back, and Smalling would be way down the pecking order if he stayed.

Both Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof are ahead of him at present, while Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are back-ups.

Meanwhile, 30-year-old Rojo is attracting interest from across Europe after a move to Everton collapsed last summer

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