Out of absolutely nowhere, the summer clearout is seemingly happening at Manchester United.
Today, Sky Sports News, while citing their Italian branch, claim that the 29-year-old centre-back Chris Smalling, is set for an Old Trafford exit on loan.
Apparently, Smalling is ‘close’ to joining AS Roma for the 2019/20 season, with the fee standing at £2.7million. The Englishman visited United headquarters today to define his exit and he’ll fly to Italy this evening to undergo his medical examination.
Furthermore, United wanted a loan fee with an £18million option to buy when talks started on Tuesday, but eventually, AS Roma and the Reds settled on a straight-up loan move.
While it would have been nice to sell Smalling permanently, it’s tough as clubs don’t want to take on his inflated wage.
For me, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo should have been out of the exit door first, although these two aren’t desirable players. At all…
Smalling has done far more good than bad for United, and although he’s not good enough to play week-in-week-out, there are footballers still at Old Trafford who should have been shipped out first.
The fact that it’s a season-long loan suggests to me that he’ll be back at United next summer, though the player now knows that he isn’t in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s long-term plans.