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Antonio Rüdiger offered to AS Roma after deal with Manchester United for Chris Smalling collapses — reports

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AS Roma could help themselves and their former player Antonio Rüdiger out after the latter was offered to them (presumably on loan) in the latest deadline day twist.

The Giallorossi have been trying to get Chris Smalling to return for a second season, but Manchester United are pushing for a transfer instead of a second loan, and that looks unlikely to happen. But Roma still need a defender, which is where Rüdiger comes (back) in.

The 27-year-old was signed by Chelsea from Roma back in 2017, and while he’s spoken negatively about his time in Italy after experiencing racist abuse, he might be open to returning if that means actual playing time ahead of next summer’s European Championship. Rüdiger will surely need minutes to keep his spot in the German national team, and that’s not looking likely at Chelsea at the moment.

Rüdiger might have options elsewhere, too, including at PSG, but time’s running out in the transfer window.

UPDATE: not at PSG.