According to the famous Italian journalist, Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have decided to loan out defender Chris Smalling. The Serie A outfit AS Roma have agreed for a season-long loan deal for the player.
In the recently concluded transfer window, Manchester United signed Harry Maguire on a world record fee of £80m from Leicester City. With Victor Lindelof partnering Maguire in central defence, Smalling has the least of chances to feature for the Red Devils and is bound to become the out of favour defender.
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Moreover, Manchester United possesses players like Axel Tuanzebe, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones in their squad. Even after featuring regularly in pre-season fixtures, Smalling failed to make the cut for the first three match-day squads and has found himself at the bottom of the pecking order.
Thus, the English defender was asked to re-evaluate his options before the European transfer window closes. So, in order to enjoy more game time, he opted for a loan move to Italy.
The former Fulham centre-back joined Manchester United back in 2010 for a reported fee of £2 million. Since then, Chris Smalling has played more than 200 matches for United across all the competitions and has won 5 significant honours.
Italian outfit AS Roma have already lost Kostas Manolas to Napoli. They tried to fill the defensive void by scouting Daniele Rugani and Dejan Lovren. However, none of the deals materialised on paper.
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With less than a week left for the European transfer window to close, AS Roma jumped in to acquire the services of Chris Smalling. The Serie A club will pay Manchester United £2.7m to sign the defender for the season without an option to buy.
From the Red Devils fan point of view, the decision has come late but certainly a good move. This move will provide a chance to shine for the youngsters at Old Trafford, who are eagerly waiting for a first-team chance.
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