Arsenal join race to sign Manchester United’s Chris Smalling – report

by Red Billy

Manchester United loanee Chris Smalling’s performances for Roma in Italy’s Serie A this season have catapulted him onto Arsenal’s January shopping list, according to The Sunday People (via the Daily Star).

The Gunners’ at times comical defensive performances so far this season have left the board prioritising the purchase of a quality centre back and Smalling has emerged as a leading contender.

Roma themselves have reportedly already opened negotiations to make Smalling’s move permanent, with various reports claiming a bid of around £10 million has been rejected by the Old Trafford board and that a £13 million improved offer is about to be placed.

Juventus, Leicester and Everton are also believed to be keeping tabs on Smalling’s situation but United are reported to be holding out for at least £18 million. Meanwhile, manager Olé Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted at a recent press conference that the 30-year-old will be rejoining his teammates at Old Trafford at the end of the season.

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