Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is wanted by as many as four Premier League sides ahead of next season.
Manchester United finished a season without any silverware for the third time running. The Red Devils’ defence has been incredibly inconsistent and one of the reasons why they’re faltering often. One of their better players in Chris Smalling is on loan at AS Roma and may be in for a permanent switch in pastures sometime soon.
Smalling enjoyed a rather fruitful season in Italy and would happily continue a permanent basis or another loan deal at the Stadio Olimpico. The defender has apparently told his parent club at Old Trafford that he will not be forced into a move which he does not desire. Smalling wants to spend the next few years at a club where he’s guaranteed enough playtime, as per 90min.
Manchester United will be looking to offload the defender as they look to accumulate funds in a bid to acquire targets of their own. The 30-year-old will anyway stand behind Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof in the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and a parting of ways may be the best option for all parties. The Red Devils’ prime target of the summer remains Jadon Sancho. However, they are not able to match Dortmund’s 120 million euros’ demand.
Roma are interested in Smalling but United’s asking price of 20 million pounds might be more than Serie A giants might be willing to pay. Among other clubs in Italy which are interested in the 30-year-old are Inter Milan and Atlanta. There are said to be four Premier League teams who are keeping a close eye on the English defender. Everton, Newcastle United, West Ham United and, his former club, Fulham are looking to get Smalling back.
Manchester United will however, look to salvage at least 15 million pounds in any deal that they choose to engage. The success of it, however, will ultimately depend on the defender’s wishes.
It is no secret that Solskjaer is looking for a squad revamp as he looks to build a winning squad, just like Jurgen Klopp did with Liverpool. It is going to be long process for the Norwegian to take the Red Devils to the level they once attained, and he will require funds for it. Letting go of Smalling will not hurt the balance of the squad in any way.