Arsenal transfer target Chris Smalling to return to Manchester United after £25m Roma deal collapses

Chris Smalling of AS Roma during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg match between KAA Gent v AS Roma at Ghelamco Arena on February 27, 2020 in Gent, Belgium(Photo by ANP Sport via Getty Images)
Smalling is set to move on this summer (Picture: ANP Sport via Getty Images)

Chris Smalling will reportedly return to Manchester United this summer after a permanent move to Roma fell through, although his future likely lies elsewhere with the likes of Arsenal keen on signing him.

Smalling has become a popular figure in Serie A after an impressive season on loan at Italian giants Roma.

But the coronavirus crisis has forced them to reconsider their summer transfer plans and a deal for the 30-year-old may prove out of their price range, with the club facing financial difficulties.

As a result, Smalling is expected return to Old Trafford in the summer, according to The Sun.

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A source told The Sun: ‘We know Chris would love to stay and it is a deal which suits all parties at the end of the season.

‘The financial reality, however, is very different. The people at Roma have many new things to consider.

‘Ole had to make a quick decision call to send Chris out on loan last summer because Marcos Rojo’s move to Everton collapsed at a late stage.

‘The manager wasn’t surprised how well Chris has performed at Roma and does remain a fan of his.’

Roma had the first option to sign the England international but United are still keen to get his £100,000-a-week wages off the books.

Arsenal are long-term admirers of the centre-half and it’s been rumoured they have made an offer to sign him.

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