Arsenal blow as England international eyes Italian move

Chris Smalling is supposedly keen on extending his stay with Roma beyond the summer when his loan deal ends.

The Manchester United defender moved to the Giallorossi last summer after the arrival of Harry Maguire from Leicester, and he has enjoyed becoming a fans favourite in Italy.

Not many English players make the jump to play abroad, let alone in Italy, but Chris has been taken in by Roma fans, although their recent defensive record should post question marks.

Smalling has started (and completed) 21 of his side’s 26 Serie A outings, and although the league has currently been suspended, the defender is believed to be keen on extending that stay beyond the summer, so much so that he is even believed to be willing to reduce his wages to do so.

Arsenal were believed to be one of a number of clubs looking to bring him back to the Premier League after his impressive performances in Italy, but that idea may now have to take a back seat.

Arsene Wenger tried to sign the England international previously from Fulham some time ago, before the Red Devils managed to secure his signature, and he was held in high regard by the Frenchman.

Whether we actually have a need for another defensive addition is up for debate however, with William Saliba already signed and awaiting arrival, as well as the more-than-likely deal to complete a deal for Pablo Mari, who has been impressing on loan from Brazilian outfit Flamengo.

Do Arsenal need more experienced defensive additions? Would Smalling have improved our squad?


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    1. Not merely good Ken , but a huge relief too! I could not stand the three clowns becoming the four clowns, though with the rate this awful disease is spreading, the silver lining is that some, if not all of our current three, might have already played their last game in our shirt.

      I fully expect no more Prem games this calendar year and with the huge financial global hit that all clubs will take, it must be in serious doubt if even the better players are kept on their current salaries, let alone “clowns”!

      My sympathy lies mainly with the lower end clubs and these players who need wages to fed their kids each month, NOT with filthy rich Prem players , who could if they wished easily afford to take substantial pay cuts for the foreseeable future. But very few will of course.

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