Chris Smalling Set To Join Roma From Manchester United
SWITZERLAND, AUGUST 29 – Smalling is edging towards a £2.7m loan move to Roma with a medical set to happen today evening after long negotiations.
The Serie A giants will pay around £2.7m to United for the move, though there is no option or obligation to buy at the end of the loan.
The defender joined United in 2010 in a £10m deal from Fulham and is the club’s longest-serving player. He remains one of just a handful of players who remain at the club to have played under Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, Solskjaer has made it clear that he has too many defenders at his disposal and he’s willing to offload Marcos Rojo in the coming days. Alexis Sanchez is currently in Milan to complete a loan deal to Inter.
The centre-back position is actually one of the few positions in the squad that is overstocked and so it makes sense to move on anyone who doesn’t have a role to play.
Solskjaer’s options are Smalling, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo, Axel Tuanzebe, Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire.
Even for a team playing with a back five, there’s too many centre-backs to choose from and so the former Fulham man has been chosen to move on.
Solskjaer will probably move on another one or two before the deadline is complete and fans are certain to be pleased with his decision making.
According to the People’s Person, Solskjaer’s side will almost always buy expensive and sell cheap simply because of the reputation of the club as well as their incredible financial strength.