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Roma in talks for Jan Vertonghen as Smalling deal stalls

Roma could miss out on a permanent deal for on-loan Manchester United defender Chris SmallingIl Messaggero reports.

The Serie A side had been getting closer to extending Smalling’s stay in Rome after an excellent season for the Englishman.

However, United are resisting Roma’s request for a discount and insisting on €25m for 30-year-old Smalling.

The Red Devils would let Smalling rejoin Roma on loan, but only with an obligation to buy him next summer.

Roma’s financial problems mean €25m is too much, despite Smalling’s importance to the team.

As a result, Roma are forced to consider other options and are now focusing on Jan Vertonghen.

Like Smalling, 33-year-old Vertonghen is an experienced Premier League defender and is out of contract at Tottenham this month.

Roma would be willing to offer the Belgian defender a two-year deal with the option of a third, worth €3m net per season.

The Giallorossi are not the only Italian club associated with Vertonghen, with the player also offered to Inter and Napoli.

Napoli considered Vertonghen for a while but have made Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes their priority.

Inter retain an interest but haven’t pushed the button on a deal, fearful he will block Alessandro Bastoni’s rise to the first team.

Taking advantage of Napoli and Inter’s cooling interest, Roma contacted Vertonghen’s agent two days ago to discuss terms.

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