Manchester United could be willing to lower their valuation of Chris Smalling, who is said to be attracting interest from Tottenham, according to the latest reports emerging from Italy.
Gazzetta dello Sport (as relayed by The Express) claim that Spurs could be handed a boost in their chase for the experienced defender with the Red Devils are ready to willing to lower the asking price if they manage to sign Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be keen on bringing Koulibaly to Old Trafford to partner Harry Maguire at the heart of defence and it is claimed that the United are prepared to spend considerably to get their man.
If they do manage to bag the Napoli star, Ed Woodward will reportedly be willing to lower Smalling’s £25 million price tag in order to move him on from the club.
Roma are also said to be interested in making Smalling’s loan deal permanent but are put off by the current asking price.
Spurs Web Opinion
It would be a sign of an extreme lack of ambition from Spurs if Man Utd manage to sign Koulibaly and we settle for Smalling. While we could certainly use someone with experience to replace Jan Vertonghen, I don’t believe Smalling will be the right choice as he has a few too many mistakes in him.