As Roma have confirmed they want to sign the duo of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Chris Smalling on a permanent deal. The duo joined from Arsenal and Manchester United respectively and they have impressed head coach Paulo Fonsesca and he has desire to make the deal permanent for the Premier League duo.
There was no option for a permanent deal in the contract that took Smalling and Mkhitaryan to Rome, and Roma will have to sit and negotiate a fresh term for the players.
Fonsesca was speaking to Sky sport about the prospect of getting a permanent deal done for Smalling, who he described as a total professional and a good man off the pitch. On Mkhitaryan, who has endured an injury-hit season, the coach declared he has seen enough from Armenian and he hopes the club discuss permanent deal with Arsenal for the player.
Smalling was declared surplus to requirements last summer, as Ole Gunnar Solksjear declared the England international does not fit into his plan. Smalling has enjoyed a fine season so far, and there are calls for him to make the England squad for the European championship in the summer. He has made 26 appearances in all competition for the Rome based club, scoring two goals.