Tottenham keen on Chris Smalling after impressing on loan at Roma, with Jose Mourinho eyeing reunion with Manchester United defender
- Jose Mourinho is keen to strengthen his defence in the summer transfer window
- Mourinho remains a fan of Chris Smalling after working with him at Man United
- Smalling could be available after spending the season on loan at Roma
Jose Mourinho is set to make a summer bid for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, according to reports in Italy.
Smalling has impressed during a season-long loan spell at Roma but is yet to agree a permanent move to the club as the Serie A side haggle over his transfer fee.
The Daily Express claim Roma want to pay £14 million for Smalling in order to ensure they don’t breach Financial Fair Play rules but United are holding out for £17m.
Tottenham are set to make a summer bid for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling
Smalling has spent the season on loan at Roma but is yet to agree a permanent move
Roma have reportedly bid £14m for Smalling, but United are demanding a fee of £17m
If the two clubs fail to agree a deal then Tuttosport report Tottenham are ready to steal a march and bring him back to the Premier League.
Mourinho worked with Smalling during his three years in charge at Old Trafford and believes he could be the man to firm up his rearguard.
Spurs are likely to lose Jan Vertonghen in the summer, with the defender’s contract set to expire at the end of the season.
However, Smalling could yet choose to remain in Italy after admitting he was enjoying the challenging of adapting to a new culture.
Smalling recently admitted he had enjoyed time in Italy and could extend his stay at the club
‘When I first came it was exciting but also daunting because you’re not sure what to expect,’ Smalling told Sky Sports.
‘New country, new experience. But considering the way I’ve settled in, the love that I have felt, especially from the fans but everyone in Rome, it will be an interesting decision to make.
‘Some of the other players said if you really hit the ground running, the love that you can have in this city is unbelievable. That’s really what I’ve felt and so have my family. Long may it continue.’
He added: ‘When I spoke to them (United), it was a case of ‘let’s have a good season, hopefully it all goes to plan, the team is successful and I am successful’ and at the end of the season we’ll sit down.
‘That was the plan at the start of the season and obviously we’re not finished yet so come the end of the season we’ll see what the plan is.’
The defender has made 28 appearances for Roma this season and scored two goals
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