Over the summer, Manchester United were trying to clear out the dead-wood and overhaul a struggling squad. For the most part, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did some excellent work in that regard.
Amongst the deals was a loan move for Chris Smalling. The Englishman would head to AS Roma for a £2.5million fee. By all accounts, the former Fulham centre-half has been amongst the best in the Serie A – and now the Italians are trying to sign him permanently…
That’s according to the usually reliable Gianluca Di Marzio, who states that the European giants are working on signing the 29-year-old United man permanently.
Apparently, next week could be key and we could ‘see a breakthrough in negotiations’ with an agreement worth around £10.3m, plus £2.5m in bonuses could be reached.
For what it’s worth, Smalling certainly shouldn’t have been first out of the exit door. Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo are far worse, and Smalling actually put in some excellent performances for the Old Trafford club over the years.
With that said, if Solskjaer isn’t intent on utilising Smalling going forward, then it does make sense for the Red Devils to cash in and let him go permanently – for a pretty decent transfer fee, too…
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