AS Roma handed massive blow in their pursuit of Man Utd defender

Serie A giants AS Roma have reportedly accepted that they will be unable to secure the services on-loan central defender Chris Smalling on a permanent basis during the upcoming summer transfer window.

The 30-year-old defender has joined the Italian club on loan from Man United ahead of the 2019-20 season and has played 28 games during the current campaign.

Italian giants have said on a number of occasions that they are keen to secure the services of the Englishman on a permanent basis.

However, according to Tuttosport, the Serie A giants cannot afford to meet the Red Devils £18m asking price due to their poor financial position, effectively ending their chances to reach an agreement.

Smalling still has more than two years left on his current deal at Old Trafford, however, it is unclear whether he is in the plans of Man Utd head-coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer moving forward.

The former Fulham starlet has played 323 games for the Red Devils in all competitions.

AS Roma also could give up on the signing of Arsenal forward Henrikh Mkhitarian die the financial crisis from the coronavirus pandemic.

Both Smalling and Mkhitaryan are unhappy at their own club’s and could look for new teams for the 2020/21 season.