Manchester United defender Chris Smalling wanted by Everton for free at end of the season

MANCHESTER UNITED star Chris Smalling is wanted by Everton on a free transfer when his deal runs out next summer.

The 28-year-old defender has had a solid season so far with a number of improved performances after a huge drop in form.

Chris Smalling is believed to be attracting the interest of Everton
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Smalling, 28, is tied down at Old Trafford until the summer, though United have the option of triggering a 12-month extension

He has already held talks over a new Old Trafford contract, and wants improved terms on his £90,000-a-week wages.

But the Toffees are hoping to land him next July, despite United having an option to extend his deal by a further 12-months.

Even if the Red Devils do add another year onto his contract, Everton will still look to buy Smalling in the January transfer window.

And Marco Silva – who is set to be backed with funds – has sent scouts to watch the ex-Fulham ace on a number of occasions this season.

England international Smalling has netted once in 14 games in all competitions this season
Toffees boss Marco Silva has sent scouts to watch Smalling in action this campaign

An Old Trafford source said: “Chris has been looked at by a number of clubs, but Everton have shown a lot of interest.

“He is out of contract next summer and there’s been chats over extending it, but nothing has been finalised as of yet.

“There needs to be some protection of the investment in him, so don’t be surprised if the new year deal comes in.

“If that doesn’t happen then he will walk away at the end of the season. He can also talk to European clubs in January, we’re aware of that.”

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It is understood an offer of around £30m in January would tempt United into selling, even if they do extend Smalling’s contract.

Arsenal are also understood to have taken a look at signing him, but that was before Unai Emery arrived at The Emirates.


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