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Roma revive interest in Man United defender Smalling and more rumours

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Roma are ready to revive their interest in Manchester United defender Chris Smalling with the following a successful takeover of the club – according to reports.

The 30-year-old joined the Serie A side on loan last summer and impressed during his debut season in Italy, with Roma keen to secure his services permanently.

United extended Smalling’s loan until the end of the league season but the former England international will not feature in the remainder of Roma’s Europa League campaign and is expected to return to Manchester.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted that Smalling could stay at the club despite the defender’s preference to stay in Rome. Thus far, Roma have been unable to meet United’s valuation due to their financial troubles.

However, Calciomercato report a deal could be revived after the club was sold by former owner James Pallotta.

The Italian outlet claim Roma’s hopes of securing Smalling’s signature have returned as extra transfer funds have been made available following a buy-out by American billionaire Dan Friedkin.

Furthermore, Cengiz Under, Patrik Schick and Alessandro Florenzi are expected to be sold to add to the pot.

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Elsewhere, reports claim ex-United striker Diego Forlan has contacted his former club over Penarol youngster Facundo Pellistri.

The 18-year-old is believed to be on the shortlist of Wolves and Juventus after impressing during his breakthrough campaign in Uruguay.

L’Equipe report Forlan – who manages Penarol – has alerted United to his availability this summer. The French outlet claims the former forward has been in contract with Old Trafford chiefs over a potential deal for the youngster.

Back in April, Pellistri’s agent confirmed that United were interested in his client.

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