Roma are preparing to submit an improved offer for Manchester United’s Chris Smalling, though will consider a deal for Chelsea outcast Antonio Rudiger should they fail in their attempts to sign the defender.
The Italian side are keen to secure a permanent deal for the centre-back following his impressive performances during a season-long loan spell with the capital club last term, Smalling currently training alone after being deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.
Roma have so far been unwilling to match United’s asking price of €20m for the 31-cap England international, but are set to return with an improved bid in an attempt to strike a deal before the closure of the transfer window on October 5.
According to Sky Sports Italia, the latest offer of the Serie A side will be in the region of €15m plus bonuses, with Paulo Fonseca’s side hopeful it will be accepted despite falling short of the Red Devils’ asking price.
Should United not compromise on their demands Roma will turn their attentions to another Premier League centre-back facing an uncertain future, Chelsea outcast Rudiger being lined up as a potential alternative.
The Germany international has fallen out-of-favour under Frank Lampard and is expected to leave the west London side before the transfer deadline, having failed to feature for the club so far this season.
Rudiger spent a season with Roma before joining Chelsea in a £29m deal three years ago, though the Italians will face stern competition for his signature with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Tottenham and Barcelona having all been credited with an interest.
Roma have also reportedly asked to take another United fringe player, Diogo Dalot, on a season-long loan deal, though the Red Devils are only interested in allowing the full-back to leave permanently this summer with AC Milan also interested.