Manchester United have reached an agreement with Roma regarding a loan move for Chris Smalling.
Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has arrived Italian capital Rome today to finalise his season-long loan move to Serie A side Roma.
Smalling was all smiles as he arrived at Rome Ciampino airport on Friday morning, he was holding a Giallorossi scarf aloft.
The Red Devils have confirmed a season-long loan deal with Roma that will see the Italian capital paying Man Utd a fee of £2.7m for the service of the English international, it was understood that the deal include a buyout option of a fee worth up to €15 million.
Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday: “This opportunity for Chris has come up in the last couple of days, We’ve got six fit centre-backs. I couldn’t promise him regular football. He said Marcos Rojo, who has been linked with a move to AC Milan, Marseille and Monaco, is “staying definitely”, along with fellow centre-backs Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe. “
He added: “It’s a big club, a good league. There are not many English players who have had the chance to play in Italy and I’m sure he’ll come back stronger and better for it. We’ve got a squad now that’s less in numbers but still big enough and strong enough to have coverage in all positions, he also confirmed Italian right-back Matteo Darmian is likely to be returning to his homeland.“
Smalling played 34 matches last season including 24 in the Premier League but is now on the sidelines of the squad, with fellow England defender Harry Maguire who joined Man Utd this summer from Leicester for a world-record fee of £80m for a defender beating the former holder Virgil Van Dijk with £75m after his move from Southampton to Liverpool in January 2018.
Below is the video of Chris Smalling arrival:
Roma recently sold their Greece centre-back Konstantinos Manolas to their local rival Napoli for £32m this summer, which led to the vacant of the position. Though they had tried to replace him with several players, after showing their interest in signing the Seria A giants defender Daniel Rugani and Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren, neither of the two transfer deal was successful and that open door for Smalling move.
Smalling fits the mould of what Fonseca required of an incoming central defender. The manager demanded an experienced player with velocity. Smalling has made 323 total appearances for the Red Devils following his arrival in 2010. He has acquired two Premier League trophy, lifted two domestic cups, and a Europa League trophy. Smalling also has 31 caps for England.
He is the third Manchester United player to join the Seria A clubs after his former teammates Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez signed for Inter recently. Smalling is doubtful for this Sunday’s derby against the champion Juventus, the international break next weekend will give him two weeks to blend into the squad before Roma host Sassuolo.
He was Born on November 1989, an English national, powerful and active, excellent in the ability to press, not very good at setting up, physically intact. After long consideration, he left United, he has always lived in England and often captained the Manchester United team whenever he plays. With his arrival, Fonseca will have four options in the centre back position with the likes of (Fazio, Juan Jesus and Mancini the other three), in addition to the young Turkish Cetin, which the coach is evaluating these days.
Chile international player Alexis Sanchez joined Man Utd in January 2018 from Arsenal in a swap deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan in, but the 30-year-old has managed to score five goals in 45 competitive appearances for Man Utd since his arrival.
United are considered to be subsidising his near £400,000 a week wages during his season-long loan deal.
Solskjaer said in an interview: “Alexis needed to go, He has been here for 18 months and it’s not really worked out for him. For him as well, to restart and get himself playing regularly, getting himself scoring goals, that loan will only benefit everyone in the end.
He added: “We’re going to watch every weekend now to see Romelu and Alexis playing together. We had a decision to make and I’m trusting Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood to be our centre-forwards.”
Following his first start in the last Premier League game of last season, 17-year-old Greenwood has come on as a substitute in all three of United’s league games this season.