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Fonseca keeps pressure on Roma to reach Man Utd deal for Smalling

Roma coach Paulo Fonseca knows he'll have to be patient to close a deal for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling.

The two clubs have been locked in talks for months over a fee for the England international, who was outstanding on-loan for Roma last season.

Fonseca has made it clear to his board that Smalling must be a priority, despite the arrival of Marash Kumbulla from Hellas Verona.

However, Corriere dello Sport says there remains a huge difference in valuations between the two clubs.

Last week, Fonseca said: "I am confident, we are working to have Chris in the squad.

"I am in contact with him, I spoke to him also yesterday. He wants to go back to Roma and we want to have him back with us.

"In the next few days I think we can have him back here with us."

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