Manchester United have knocked back an offer from Roma for centre-back Chris Smalling and are set to stick to their asking price for him. 

Smalling has been on loan at Roma since last summer and is now considered by some to be one of the best centre-backs playing in Italy.  

The 30-year-old wants to stay in Italy and has made it clear to Manchester United that he would like them to agree his permanent transfer with Roma.

But negotiations have been fraught between the two clubs and Manchester United are continuing to drive a hard bargain before considering accepting a bid from Roma.