Manchester United’s Chris Smalling Wants Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur Move
Struggling for Manchester United
Chris Smalling was struggling for Manchester United before his loan move to Roma. The Englishman could not firmly establish a place in the starting XI, with league appearances hovering around the 20 mark for the last few seasons.
Although Harry Maguire has greatly helped this season, the defensive partnership has been shaky at times, and Smalling’s return will not do much in the way of stabilisation. He has, however, had a very positive loan spell with Roma.
Good Performances on Loan at Roma
Smalling has played very well since moving to Roma. The 30-year-old has been their first choice centre-back and has proven his worth for the Italian outfit, even popping up with an occasional goal or assist.
His career seems to have been somewhat reignited since his move to Italy, driving his price higher. United value him in the region of £20-25 million, but Roma, who were considering a move for his signature, described this fee as “unthinkable”.
Chris Smalling Still Likely to Leave with Arsenal and Tottenham Interested
Despite Roma’s unwillingness to fork out a hefty sum for the Englishman, there are clubs closer to home who might. Two London teams, Arsenal and Tottenham, are monitoring his progress. Both sides have had defensive troubles of their own this season, lacking a stable defensive partnership, and may be looking for Smalling’s help.
Although the Englishman would only be a temporary replacement, he would still be necessary. Spurs might lose Jan Vertonghen, with his contract running out at the end of the season, but as there is much uncertainty over deals expiring on June 30, it remains to be seen what will happen here.
Regardless, both clubs have expressed their interest in the 30-year-old, and with Smalling preferring a Premier League return, the London clubs will battle for his signature this summer.