United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explained that Chris Smalling is still at the Premier League club because the asking price has not been met.
At a GlanceSports – The England international rose to prominence in the Italian capital last season but will remain a Red Devils player unless a financial offer is raised by Roma.
Smalling was not included in United's squad which beat Luton Town 3-0 in the Carabao Cup third round on Tuesday.
The 30-year-old defender was impressed by his loan spell at Roma last season,
And the Serie A side are known to want to sign Smalling on a permanent deal, although United are reportedly staying at a fee of £ 18 million (€ 20 million / $ 24 million).
“At the moment, we haven't had any offers to the level we wanted,” Solskjaer said after the match at Kenilworth Road. “So that's the situation.
“[Penilaian Smalling] it doesn't depend on me, does it? I'm not the one to negotiate between clubs, but we don't have enough offers there yet and that's it. “
Rome makes no secret of the fact that they will welcome Smalling back into their book.
United allowed the center-back to move on initially as he began to lower their defensive pecking order.
The situation was unlikely to change, amid calls for Solskjaer to further increase his ranks,
And Roma boss Paulo Fonseca hopes a deal can be reached before the next deadline passes.
“I'm in regular contact with Chris Smalling, I spoke to him yesterday,” Fonseca told reporters.
“He wants to come back to Rome and we want him back. I think maybe there will be an update in the next few days. “
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United took the lead in the first half with a Juan Mata penalty but were largely uninspired and needed a fine save from debutant keeper Dean Henderson before substitutes Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood made it safe.
Luton, like United, changed a lot and Solskjaer paid tribute to Nathan Jones' team.
“You can see we need game time,” he said, after watching first-choice team United lose their Premier League opener 3-1 against Crystal Palace at the weekend.
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