Manchester United are reported to allow Chris Smalling to move permanently to Roma if they can secure the signing of Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli.
Koulibaly has been a long-term goal for United and is on the radar of other top clubs after winning the Serie A best defender last season.
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 central defenders, chief Ole Gunnar will allow Solskjaer Smalling to convert his Roma loan into a permanent bill of exchange La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Smalling left United for Roma last summer as it was classified as a surplus of requirements after Harry Maguire’s £ 80m move to Old Trafford – a world record fee for a defense attorney.
Maguire has been named United’s captain and has established himself as the first choice in the midst of the Red Devil with Victor Lindelof, his usual partner.
However, 30 years old Smalling was rejuvenated at Roma after establishing himself as a fan favorite after a season of steady background appearances.
Smalling has helped Roma to the last 16 in the Europa League and fifth place in Serie A, with the season currently due to the Corona virus Pandemic.
The other options for the center of United are Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe. Marcos Rojo is also on loan.
Naples-based media company Il Mattino has reported that Kouliably club president Aurelio De Laurentiis said during a phone call that he was ready to leave at the end of the season.
However, Koulibaly also reportedly confirmed that he would be happy to stay in Napoli if, in his or the club’s opinion, no suitable offer had been received.
Should United apply for Koulibaly this season, they will likely compete against French giants Paris Saint-Germain, among others.