Inter Milan are targeting another Manchester United raid this summer with the Serie A club joining the race to sign Chris Smalling, according to reports.
The 30-year-old defender was shipped out on loan to Italy this season and impressed during his stint with Roma despite having fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford.
Media reports speculate that Smalling has caught the eye of title challengers Inter ahead of a potential £23million summer move.
Smalling, a 31-cap England international, failed to impress Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after his arrival in the United hotseat.
With the centre back once again placed on the transfer list, Inter may be tempted to swoop and bring in another United player for a fourth time.
United have been able to bump up Smalling’s value after his successful spell with Roma.
The Serie A outfit decided that they wanted to sign the former Fulham player permanently, but Smalling’s parent club were reportedly unwilling to broker a deal for a cut price.
The £23m fee has seen other clubs show their interest, with Inter among them, after Roma were put off.
It is believed boss Antonio Conte believes Smalling’s experience and desire will be integral to his team’s title challenge next season.
Smalling made 30 league appearances this campaign, and even scored three goals and recorded two assists despite operating along the backline.
Roma were desperate to keep the defender for the rest of their Europa League journey but failed to reach an agreement with United to extend the loan deal.
Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez both left Old Trafford for Inter last summer, and the duo were soon joined by fellow team-mate Ashley Young in January.