Two Man United Players Could Leave Before European Transfer Window Closes

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer poses with a scarf on the pitch.

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Much of the criticism that was targeted towards Manchester United’s transfer activity in the recent window revolved around their inability to achieve both crucial functions of a transfer period.

At the heart of the issue was the lack of players coming into the side, with many regions like central attacking midfield, left-back, and the frontline itself appearing thin in experienced options.

In addition to that, a massive squad overhaul with deadwood being offloaded was also expected to occur.

While players did leave through the window, the side still failed to clear the players that were possibly the source of their mediocrity over the years.

This may be amended now.

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The MEN reveals that United are working on offloading two more players by September 2 in addition to Alexis Sanchez’s loan move.

Chris Smalling is on the verge of completing a loan transfer to AS Roma. The duration is believed to be one year and the English defender will be undergoing a simple loan spell, with no purchase clause at the end of the term on the table yet.

The 29-year-old was reportedly told at the start of the season that his gametime would be significantly cut-down this campaign and that he was free to look at other options. In addition to Roma, AC Milan, and Fiorentina were also believed to be interested in Smalling.

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Further, the same source adds that Matteo Darmian is also working towards a departure before the end of the window. The report adds that the destination in question is presently an unnamed club in the Serie A, with the Italian defender eager to leave Old Trafford.

Darmian’s departure has been on the cards for quite a while now as he has been surplus to requirements since the days of Jose Mourinho itself.

While the report makes no mention of the nature of Darmian’s exit, it is likely to be a permanent transfer unlike Smalling’s loan move.