Inter Attentively Keeping Tabs on Roma Star Smalling

Chris Smalling will be able to decide his future at the end of the season, and it’s not a lock it’ll still be with Roma, as Inter have begun eyeing him. He’s tied to the Giallorossi till June. A clause will extend his contract his contract if he plays 50 percent of the matches in 2022/2023. He’s on the verge of doing so, but he has to sign off on it, making it a unilateral option.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the interest from the Nerazzurri is concrete, and they got in touch with his camp. However, the center-back will focus on his current side in the next few months and make the call only in June.

Inter are keen on Smalling as he’s solid, experienced, and has gotten used to the three-man defense at Roma. The Nerazzurri have plenty of uncertainty in the back. Stefan De Vrij and Milan Skriniar are on expiring contracts. Francesco Acerbi joined from Lazio on loan, and they will have to choose whether to pay €3.5M to buy him out.

The 33-year-old initially moved to the capital side from Manchester United on a €3M seasonal spell in 2019. Then, the Giallorossi spent €15M to acquire him the following year. He has accumulated 117 appearances and hit the net 10 times.

Our Take on Smalling, Roma, and Inter

The buzz is believable as the Nerazzurri pulled off the same move with Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Since they are short on cash, they are in the mix for any prospective free agent that could be a regular for them. He’s a couple of years older, but he’s more reliable than De Vrij and would likely command slightly lower wages. All things considered, he’d be cheaper and way better than Acerbi.

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