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Smalling boost as new Roma owners can meet Man Utd price

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling remains hopeful of signing with Roma.

Calciomercato.com says Smalling has received a boost in his attempts to return to Roma.

He has enjoyed a fine season on loan in Serie A and was keen to continue his stay in the Eternal City.

The Italians were keen to bring the defender in, but have been unable to agree a deal with Manchester United, who are reported to want €20million (£18m) for the England international.

That could be about to change, however. The report states that the club will now have extra money available to them following a takeover from Texas-based billionaire Dan Friedkin.

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