At this stage in the game, we've seen nearly every possible permutation in Roma's pursuit of Manchester United defender Chris Smalling. What was initially a one-year-why-the-hell-not loan of the 30-year-old defender soon became—thanks to his stellar play for Roma this past season—one of the more protracted transfer negotiations we've ever had the pleasure (or displeasure) of tracking, with the two clubs trading figures and formulas for months now.

After surging into the starting lineup in place of Federico Fazio and Juan Jesus last September, it wasn't long before Roma sought to make Smalling's stay in the Eternal City slight longer. But just how long?

While United and Roma have danced around a permanent transfer for several months now, it finally...possibly...maybe seems like the two clubs have the framework of a €20 million in place.