Everton are keen to secure the services of Man United defender Chris Smalling on a free transfer next summer, according to the Sun.
The 28-year-old’s contract runs out at the end of the season, however the Red Devils have the option to extend the defender’s deal for a further year.
Smalling has been at Old Trafford since 2010 and has won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, League Cup and the Europa League with the club.
The former Maidstone United player has found his way back in to the United starting 11 this season and has been playing well, despite the club’s disappointing start.
Everton boss Marco Silva will certainly face competition for the defender’s signature, but it’s the Toffees who have shown the most interest, sending their scouts to a few of United games.
But despite the interest, Jose Mourinho and the Red Devils hierarchy still hold all the cards as they have that option to extend his stay still on the table.
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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