Man Utd hike Chris Smalling fee amid growing Arsenal and Everton interest
Manchester United have reportedly upped their asking price for Chris Smalling as Premier League clubs eye a move.
The England international was sent off to Roma in the summer after falling out of favour at Old Trafford.
But following his move to Serie A, Smalling has found his groove again.
The veteran defender has been a standout performer with 28 appearances to his name in the eternal city.
That’s put him on the radar of several Premier League clubs, who are eager to bolster their respective back lines in the summer. Tottenham, Arsenal and Everton are all jockeying for position.
According to The Metro , United are keen to exploit the situation though.
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It’s suggested Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will demand at least £25m to green light his departure.
United want to avoid a Jonny Evans-style situation. The Northern Irishman wasn’t fancied at the Theatre of Dreams and was ditched for just £6m in 2015.
However, after packing his bags, Evans established himself as one of the most consistent and well-respected defenders in the Premier League.
England boss Gareth Southgate has previously overlooked Smalling on account of his limited ball-playing abilities.
Nevertheless, the Three Lions chief says there could now be a way back for the former Fulham man.
“I’ve never ruled anybody out. I think that would be wrong,” Southgate said.
“I think I said I probably regretted the way the message came across if, by praising others for certain attributes, there was criticism for Chris. It was my fault and it was unfair on him.
“I spoke to him when I left him out the squad and explained what I explained to everybody.
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“Of course because of the way it came out, there was little point – I wasn’t going to say anything that hadn’t already been said.
“But I think he’s done well in Italy. He’s playing at another big club.
“He was obviously playing at a big club before. We’re watching everybody because we’ve got to make sure we make the right decision.”
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