The fact Serie A giants Roma managed to get a win and Manchester United loanee Chris Smalling played a big part in that by putting in a fine performance has got the Italian media talking about the player staying permanently once again.
The huge problem remains the finances of the deal but without UCL football, the Serie A side will not be able to afford the centre-back.
However, this will not stop attempts from being made to keep Chris around for longer, even if the Red Devils make life even more difficult for them.
Corriere dello Sport explain the Old Trafford outfit are prepared to extend his deal and automatically increase his valuation, as the star’s deal in England is set to expire in 2022.
Of course, Chris would have to agree to this, which is why the star’s agent are reportedly ‘going to be in Rome in the coming days’.
As things stand, the Serie A outfit and the Red Devils have yet to sit around a table, but one of the solutions to consider could be attempting to renew the loan.
At this point, with Giallorossi in fifth potentially six points behind Atalanta if the Bergamo side win their game in hand, that might be the only way England international stays in Italy’s capital.
This is all corroborated by Il Tempo, who go as far as claiming that a meeting could take place as early as this week to ‘plan the strategy’ to convince Manchester United.
Surely something worth considering for United as well, especially if manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t intend to use the player going forward.