English defender Chris Smalling is now likely to leave Roma on a free transfer in the summer.
Il Messaggero have reported about the situation of the defender, saying that the risk of another Henrikh Mkhitaryan situation is on the horizon at Roma, who have put Smalling’s renewal on standby.
They did put forward an offer regarding a renewal to Smalling and offered €2.5 million per season for the next two campaigns, which is less than the current wage of €3.5 million per season. The defender has not yet accepted the offer and has given no answer regarding it.
Smalling does have a clause in his contract which states that if and when he plays 50 percent of the total games in the season, he will have the option of renewing for another season and earn the same wage as he earns now. He is about to reach that target soon but since there is only an option to sign the new deal, which means that he might not yet renew.
Inter are interested in Smalling and are exploring the idea of signing him in the summer for free.
Kaustubh Pandey | GIFN