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Serie A giants end interest in Manchester United defender

Chris Smalling news

Roma won't move for Smalling this summer

AS Roma have reportedly decided against making a permanent move for Chris Smalling after being put off by the demands of Manchester United.

The 30-year-old joined the Serie A side on loan at the start of the season and he has since made 28 appearances for the club in all competitions.

Smalling's performances have urged Roma to seek a permanent deal at the end of the campaign but it appears that they can't afford the asking price set by United.

The Red Devils were initially said to demand around £12m for Smalling but they have increased the price tag to £19m after watching the defender's progress.

According to Tuttosport, Roma are already in a tight financial situation amid the coronavirus pandemic and they have opted to end their pursuit of the England international.

Instead, they are eyeing a deal for Dejan Lovren from Liverpool.

The club have a good working relationship with the Reds after the recent sales of Alisson and Mohamed Salah and they are hoping to take advantage of the same to sign the defender on a cut-price deal.