Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly set to axe defender Chris Smalling this summer.
The Englishman has been at Old Trafford since his switch from Fulham in 2010, and having spent seven seasons with the Red Devils, Smalling is yet to fulfill his actual potential that brought him to the Theatre of Dreams in the first place.
But now, according to The Sun, the 27-year-old has been crossed off by Jose Mourinho as a part of his squad for next season. It was reported that Smalling will be sold during this transfer window, in order to free up extra cash for other potential signings.
The England international has suffered many injuries, which caused a dip in his form, but he is still rated around £12 million. The likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, and West Bromwich Albion have all been linked with a move for the centre-back.
It was also claimed that the higher officials at Old Trafford have been told by Mourinho that they can sanction a sale for the defender since the past two weeks.
The Portuguese tactician still has a gigantic £100m budget to bring in new recruits this summer, despite spending £75m on United’s top signing of the summer, Romelu Lukaku. Mourinho is said to be looking for at least one more defender, despite having already brought in Victor Lindelof from Benfica for £35m last month.
Smalling still has two years left on his current contract with the Red Devils. The former Fulham man managed to start only 13 Premier League matches last season because of injury.
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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