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The Manchester United transfer decision that could be great news for Arsenal

Arsenal’s hopes of bolstering their defensive options this summer have been handed a boost with the news that Roma are not willing to budge in their efforts to sign Manchester United’s Chris Smalling.

The former Fulham man has been out on loan at the Serie A giants this season and has impressed during his season-long spell in the Italian capital.

With his career at Old Trafford having hit the buffers, Smalling jumped at the chance to seal a move to Roma last summer, and he has enjoyed an outstanding campaign, racking up 37 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals along the way.

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Despite having got his career back on track this season, Smalling, who turns 31 later this year, is not expected to figure in the plans of United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the Norwegian chief having a plethora of options to choose from at centre-back.

Roma are keen to re-sign the defender on a permanent basis, but are not willing to match United’s valuation, according to reports in Italy.

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United are wanting a fee of £20million to part with the centre-back this summer, whilst Roma are only willing to go as high as £15million, meaning the two clubs are now at the centre of a transfer stand-off.

However, the Old Trafford club may be able to offload Smalling to a different club, with Arsenal having been closely linked with a move for the 30-year-old in recent months following his fine performances for Roma.

It is claimed that United would like £20million up front for Smalling, as well as a further £5million in bonuses, meaning the total fee to prize the England international away from Old Trafford would be £25million.

Though Arsenal, who clinched the FA Cup for the 14th time in their history with a 2-1 win over Chelsea in Saturday’s final at Wembley, are looking to add to their defensive ranks this summer, a fee of £25million could be a bridge too far, especially when the club are set to battle financial constraints this summer as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.