Manchester United’s transfer window has appeared to be in some disarray with regard to potential arrivals.
What was expected to be a summer of overhaul and multiple crucial reinforcements has resulted in only one signing so far. Donny van de Beek certainly fulfils a crucial niche at the club but the vital right-forward spot still lacks specialists and several spaces remain bereft of adequate back-up options.
To their credit, United have been investing smartly on their youth players, adding promising names from across Europe to their famed academy.
Another aspect of the transfer window has to do with exits. In this regard, United have made important releases and loans, the most wage-heavy of which was the transfer of Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan.
Now, another formerly on-loan player of theirs is on the verge of sealing a departure.
AS Roma are negotiating with United over the potential transfer of Chris Smalling.
As per Fabrizio Romano, Roma’s manager Paulo Fonseca has stated: “We’re negotiating with Manchester United to have Chris Smalling back. I’m in contact with Chris himself. He wants to come back to Roma and we want him, I hope I’ll have Smalling here in some days.”
30-year-old Smalling was loaned out by Ole Gunnar Solskjær last summer and had a fruitful time at Roma. Financial circumstances did see a release of the player but recent trends indicated that the Serie A side were eager to retain the services of the English centre-back.
It appears that the Red Devils are awaiting an adequate sum for the player as the options at the back at Old Trafford don’t appear to accommodate Smalling just yet.
Having said that, some of the performances from last campaign do necessitate an apparent need for an experienced left-footed centre-back to give competition to Victor Lindelof.
Where will Smalling begin his season?