Chris Smalling set for exit after AS Roma and Man United reach agreement

Chris Smalling set for exit after AS Roma and Man United reach agreement

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is set to join AS Roma in coming days after it was reported that the Serie A club have reached an agreement with the Reds.

Smalling spent last season on loan at Roma and his performance caught every eye at the club and the Italian club are willing to sign the 30-year-old permanently.

There were suggestions that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could hand Chris Smalling one season n a bid to win his place back in the Man United starting XI but reports in Italy are suggesting otherwise.

According to Sky Sport reporter Di Marzio, AS Roma have reached an agreement with Chris Smalling. Both clubs are hard at work, decisive days to follow.

The same journalist reveals that Roma are confident in signing the England international and Smalling is ready to become a Roma player again.

AS Roma reach agreement with Man United over Chris Smalling's move
AS Roma reach agreement with Man United over Chris Smalling’s move

The 30-year-old left Manchester United last summer following the signing of Harry Maguire from Leicester City. Whilst in Italy, United finished 3rd in the Premier League and reached three semi-finals last season.

United are in search of a central defender as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains keen on improving his back line ahead of next season.

Alexis Sanchez left Man United permanently to join Inter Milan last month after impressing Antonio Conte during his long-season loan stay at San Siro. Chris Smalling could just be the next Man United player, under Solskjaer, to seal the same fate.

Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted he would be open to working with Smalling again at Theatre of Dreams if the defender did not return back to AS Roma or joined a new club.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hails Chris Smalling after returning back from AS Roma loan
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hails Chris Smalling after returning back from AS Roma loan

“I think Chris [Smalling] has shown how valuable he is for Man United and this season was about being a regular, proving how good a centre-back he is,” Solskjaer told MUTV in August.

“I wanted to give Harry [Maguire], Vic [Lindelöf] and Axel [Tuanzebe] a chance so we find out Roma was best for him.

“He [Smalling] has shown this season he will be valuable. I have been speaking to him throughout and have been delighted with his season.”

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