Arsenal launch bid for £25m-rated Chris Smalling

Anthony Njoku
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Arsenal have made a move to sign £25 million-rated Manchester United defender Chris Smalling who is currently on loan at Serie A giants AS Roma.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is looking for defensive reinforcements this summer, and Smalling has impressed during his loan spell at Roma.

The United defender has become fans favourite with his sensational displays, helping the club into the last 16 of the Europa League and fifth place in Serie A.

According to Metro, United wanted £25million for the 30-year-old, which discouraged Roma as they were hoping to land Smalling for around £20m.

United will reportedly allow Smalling to leave if they can secure the signing of Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli.

Koulibaly has been a long-time target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, and is on the radar of other top clubs after winning last season’s Serie A best defender award.

Arsenal have already signed young Saint-Etienne centre-back William Saliba, who is due to join the rest of the squad this summer.

If United can seal a deal for the Senegal centre-half, Smalling will be set free.

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