Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has price the club out of what could turn out to be some vital funds after he refused to budge on his £18m valuation of castaway defender Chris Smalling.
Smalling, 30, has been on loan with Italian outfit Roma for the duration of this season and is reportedly keen to extend his stay in the Italian capital, as per Calciomercato.
The English centre-back has endured a decent campaign this season having scored three times for his temporary club, with the latest coming against Torino last week.
However, a permanent move now looks to be in the balance after Woodward has refused to budge on £18m valuation of the English centre-back.
According to Sky Sports Italia as cited by the Express, Woodward has has set August 3 as the deadline to for the deal to be completed by which now looks increasingly unlikely to happen.
Elsewhere, Republica are reporting that the 30-year-old defender is set to return to United today and will not be included in Roma’s remaining Europa League games.
However, Roma could make another attempt to sign Smalling on a permanent deal after their season has ended.