Chris Smalling could derail Man Utd 'transfer plan' in the next 24 hours

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Manchester United's summer transfer plans could be affected in the next 24 hours as Roma seek to do a deal for Chris Smalling.

The Red Devils centre-back has impressed at the Serie A outfit this term after being deemed surplus to requirements by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Roma are keen to land Smalling on another loan deal and continue to press United with offers for the former England international.

However, the Old Trafford outfit want to keep the player, to then use him as a makeweight in a transfer deal of their own.

Italian outlet Calcio Mercato report United want to use both Smalling and Alexis Sanchez in a move for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar.

Chris Smalling has enjoyed a successful loan spell at Roma so far

The Slovakian centre-back is highly rated following his exploits at the Nerazzurri and will command a hefty fee.

United feel they can use both fringe players to bring that price down as they eye a long-term partner for Harry Maguire.

As for Roma, they have 48 hours to secure Smalling either on loan or permanently as they prepare to send a squad list to UEFA for the Europa League.

The deadline is midnight on Monday and at the moment, the 30-year-old will not be included.

Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar is on the radar of Manchester United and Manchester City

Roma's most recent bid saw them offer a €3m (£2.7m) loan fee with a €12m (£10.8m) right to buy clause.

However, United are only prepared to sell if the permanent fee is higher.

Solskjaer has previously ruled out a permanent transfer away from the club for Smalling.

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"Chris has been fantastic - we know sometimes if you change the environment it can go both ways," he said earlier this year.

"But Chris is the type to relish these challenges he's cultured, enjoys life down there, it's a new experience for him.

"He's a boy who couldn't be here without being a regular and we're so happy for him because we can see the top player he is."

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