Defender Chris Smalling has been absent from Manchester United training on both Tuesday and Wednesday, as he looks to leave Old Trafford for good.
The scoop comes from The Telegraph, who provide the latest update on Smalling’s proposed move away from the Theatre of Dreams.
Apparently, the £70k-a-week (Wage Indicator) United star was absent from training on both Tuesday and Wednesday. That’s because both Smalling and his representatives are continuing to negotiate a move away from the Reds – with AS Roma.
This falls in line with a story we covered from a couple of Italian media outlets a week or so ago. Smalling is pushing for a move to the Serie A outfit, after enjoying a brilliant season on loan with Roma.
With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seemingly moving in a different direction, the timing certainly feels right. Smalling has been a great servant for this club. Heck, I could argue he’s been our most consistent defender over the last half-decade or so.
Though Harry Maguire is now the main man, with Victor Lindelof alongside him. You’d also think that Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe would be ahead of Smalling in the pecking order if he returned.
So why the hold-up?
Understandably, United are looking to get some sort of transfer fee for Smalling. They’re not going to let him go cheaply and will fight for every last penny from Roma.
This one will probably go right down to the wire due to funds being tighter thanks to COVID-19, but in the end, you get the impression a deal would be done.
It’s only fair to let Smalling go. He has been brilliant for United and we certainly need to respect his wishes.
Chris Smalling missing United training feels like the next step towards that transfer happening. Let’s hope a deal can be reached soon, so United know where they stand going into 2020/21.