Everton have told Manchester United that they would take Chris Smalling on a permanent deal if they fail to land Marcos Rojo, according to TEAMtalk.
The Merseyside outfit have brought in two signings so far this summer, but they have just three days left to bring in additional talent.
Richarlison has arrived from Watford to boost options on the wing, while Lucas Digne is expected to succeed Leighton Baines at left-back.
The centre-back positions have not been strengthened yet, despite the fact that Ashley Williams has left Goodison Park to join Stoke City on loan.
Now, it has been claimed by TEAMtalk that Everton have been in discussions with United over a potential deal.
The Toffees have targeted Rojo, but according to the report, they would be happy with either Smalling or Victor Lindelof.
The England international, who failed to make Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup in Russia, has had his critics over the years.
He has been ridiculed from the terraces at Old Trafford, but on the flip side, he has been a reliable figure at the back for many years.
At this moment in time, though, the 28-year-old, who is valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt, is not quite up to the standard that United require to challenge for titles.
For Everton, though, Smalling could end up forming a strong partnership with Michael Keane.
Depending on price, the Toffees should sniff at the chance to sign the centre-back, who has a winning mentality having picked up five major trophies in his career, including two Premier League crowns.
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