Surprising the supporters, Manchester United asset Chris Smalling has reportedly decided to join Roma permanently.
The Englishman arrived at the Italian club on a loan transfer last summer, when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer agreed for a season long transfer.
Believing that he had enough players to operate on the defensive line, the Norwegian manager offloaded the 30-year-old for the time being during the previous transfer window.
Regardless, the England international has played phenomenally well for the Italian side, even going on to enjoy wearing the captain’s arm band this season.
As per the report of Gazzetta dello Sport, an Italian newspaper has claimed that the centre back has let the club officials at Stadio Olimpico know that he wishes to make a permanent move to Italy, with the team equally inclined to fasten the talented defender at their stadium for the next year’s campaign.
Considering the form he’s displayed at Roma, it’s certainly not a far-fetched idea as far as the player and the respective club are concerned.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had little to no hopes of letting the former Fulham star go away, evident from the praises he showered for Smalling last month.