Chris Smalling’s Man Utd exit finally ‘agreed’ as Roma make late transfer swoop

Manchester United and Roma have reportedly finally reached an agreement that will see Chris Smalling return to the Serie A outfit.

Smalling impressed on loan in the Italian capital last season and suggested he was eager to return to the club.

He has been back at United since the end of last campaign though not part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans.

It had seemed that a deal to take Smalling back to Roma was dead in the water though it now seems a last-minute transfer is close.

The Athletic’s transfer expert David Ornstein has tweeted how the two clubs have reached an agreement with a fee of €15m (£13.5m) plus €5 in add-ons.

United were believed to be looking for around £25m for Smalling though the defender is eager to leave and it seems the Red Devils are accepting a lower fee.

United boss Solskjaer had said: “At the moment, we’ve not had any bids up to the level that we want. So that’s the situation.”

Smalling had not been allowed to finish last season with Roma after the coronavirus lockdown.

And he had said following his departure: “I’m gutted that I can’t finish what we started this season.

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“To experience the love shown to me in such a short time was extra special and it will not be forgotten.

“I want to thank and wish all the players and staff the best of luck against Sevilla. DAJE ROMA!”

Smalling was not part of Solskjaer’s plans despite the United manager previously saying he would be given a chance.

Solskjaer had said: “This season was about him being a regular, going to Roma, showing and proving how good a centre-back he is.

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“I wanted to give Harry (Maguire), Vic [Victor Lindelof], maybe Axel (Tuanzebe) a chance, so we found out that was the best for him to go to Roma, play for a year.

“Now he’s coming back and Chris has shown this season that he will be valuable. I’ve been speaking to Chris throughout and been delighted with his season.”

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