Manchester United have been linked with a lot of players that are speculated to be moving to Old Trafford, but as the transfer market comes closer, the club seems to be axing some of its current squad members in order to make room for the new signings.
As a result, the Red Devils have reportedly decided to let go of one of their star defenders, in the form of Chris Smalling.
The Telegraph reports that the England international will be sold by United manager Jose Mourinho this summer, as the defender failed to impress the Portuguese, who looks to revamp his squad ahead of the club’s return to the Champions League.
It was claimed that Smalling could be available for £15 million, after Mourinho decided to replace him with Sweden’s Victor Lindelof.
The Englishman recently changed agents hoping to land a good deal, as Arsenal, West Ham, West Brom and Everton continue to monitor the 27-year-old’s situation.
West Ham could offer the center-back a return to London, while West Brom and Everton are said to be carefully monitoring Smalling’s situation, as both teams are in the market for a centre-back this summer. Arsenal would also be looking to bring in the player, after having a long-term interest in him that dates back to 2010.
Smalling, who moved to the Theatre of Dreams over the Emirates in 2010 from Fulham for £10 million, does not fit in the Portuguese’s plans, despite being voted as the Players’ Player of the Year for United during former boss Louis van Gaal’s final season in charge.
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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