According to reports from Italy, Arsenal has tried to sign Manchester United defender Chris Smalling under Roma’s nose.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is looking for defensive reinforcements and in the middle this summer Smalling impressed on loan from Roma during his season.
The United The defender has become a fan favorite since his extradition to the Roma last summer. With its constant performances, the club reached the last 16 of the Europa League and fifth place in Serie A.
There was talk of Smalling making the move to Roma permanent – but United also has an offer on the table arsenal, after Italian publication Corriere dello Sport .
United wants £ 25m for the 30-year-old – which shocked the Roma when they hoped to land smalling for around £ 20m metro.
Arsenal have already signed Saint-Etienne’s young center-back William Saliba, who is slated to join the rest of the squad this summer. Arteta, however, would like to bring more experience into his defense, also with Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano and Frankfurt’s Evan N’Dicka the radar.
United will reportedly allow Smalling to go if they can secure the signing of Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli.
Koulibaly was a long-term goal for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team and, after winning Serie A as last season’s best defender, is on the radar of other top clubs.
Napoli’s £ 90m valuation has so far kept applicants at bay, but reports from Italy suggest it The 28-year-old could be tempted through a summer transfer.
And if United can seal a deal for the Senegalese middle, Smalling will be set on new pastures.