Chris Smalling will join AS Roma on a season-long loan deal from Manchester United after both clubs agreed on a €3m transfer-fee, which will take the England International to Italy for the rest of 2019-20 Serie A season. The season-long loan deal for Smalling, however, does not involve any option to buy. The 32-year-old defender was reportedly keen to make a move after falling down the pecking order at United following the arrival of Harry Maguire. He has not featured in any of the three Premier League games Man United has played this season. Alexis Sanchez Transfer News: Manchester United Star to Join Serie A Club Inter Milan on Loan.
Smalling, who just recently completed nine years at Old Trafford after signing for the Red Devils for an undisclosed fee from Fulham in January 2010, featured regularly under former United boss Jose Mourinho. He also was a United regular when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer joined the Red Devils as an interim manager in December but does not fit into the Norwegian’s long-term plans. Smalling’s loan move – subject to a medical – looks set to be completed in the next 48 hours claimed reports. Sky Sports journalist Fabrizio Romano, in his tweet, confirmed that the player has accepted personal terms with Roma and will complete the move.
Chris Smalling to Leave Manchester United on Loan
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 29, 2019
The 32-year-old centre-back, who remains one of the few players at United to have played under Sir Alex Ferguson, has a contract with the Red Devils till 2022 with an option to extend it for a further year but is preferred behind the Lindelof-Maguire duo and 21-year-old Axel Tuanzebe, by Solskjaer. Ole Gunnar had already made it clear that there are too many defenders at his disposal at United and he is willing to offload some of them before the summer transfer window shuts down.