Chris Smalling Set For Season-Long Loan Move To Serie A

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Manchester United defender Chris Smalling will leave the club on a season-long loan deal after an agreement was reached with Serie A side AS Roma, according to Sky in Italy.

Smalling, who has been at United since 2010, has fallen out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjær with the Norweigan opting to develop a centre-back partnership of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelöf.

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The deal will see Roma pay the Red Devils €3million for Smalling’s services, though it’s understood there is no option to buy in the deal. The 29-year-old, should the deal be completed, will be looking to develop under Roma boss Paulo Fonseca, who Fred has previously worked under at Shakhtar Donetsk.

Gianluca Di Marzio states that Smalling travelled to Carrington on Thursday morning to complete the details of a move to Roma and once completed, the former England international will fly to Italy to undergo his medical.

Though the transfer window is shut for British club’s, European sides have until Monday to complete any potential transfers and both Matteo Darmian and Nemanja Matić have been linked with exits away from the club recently, with neither starting a game for United this season.

The departures of multiple United stars, including Alexis Sánchez and Romelu Lukaku, shows Solskjær’s promise to rid of some of the players involved in the 4-0 loss to Everton last season is finally becoming true, much to the delight of the fans.

 

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