Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is willing to take a pay cut to secure a permanent move to AS Roma in the summer. The England international is attracting interest from top clubs in the English Premier League, but the player has revealed to sources close to him that he will prefer to stay in Italy and continue with the Rome based club. Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton were among the clubs that have been credited with an interest in the former Fulham defender.

Smalling joined As Roma last season on loan from Manchester United. Since moving to Italy, he has enjoyed consistency in the side. His performance has earned him praise back at him in England. Some sections of the media have also suggested that he should return to the National team set up ahead of the next European championship.

The England international had been able to rediscover his form and is considered as a key feature in Paulo Fonseca plans. It was earlier reported that Roma are willing to sign the defender permanently this summer, but his wages could prove problematic.

However, the 30-year-old is willing to reduce his salary demands in order to sign a new contract with the Italian side. Despite this, there is also renewed interest in the former United star with the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham said to be monitoring his progress.

Manchester United could also recall the player as he still retains a good relationship with the coaching staff at Old Trafford. Although a move to Roma still looks the most likely option at the moment.
The player has made it known that Roma is the best option for him at this stage of his career. With other clubs showing interest it is unknown whether he will return to England or continue with the Serie A giant.