Chris Smalling joins Roma on a season-long loan from Manchester United for a €3m, (£2.7m) fee. This is according to Sky Sports in Italy.
He flew out to Italy in the evening to undergo a medical. Talks between the two clubs began on Tuesday with United initially requesting €20m (£18m) between a loan fee or an option to buy. But they opted for a one-year loan instead. Roma wants to bring in an experienced centre-back after failing to obtain other targets. Smalling was omitted from all the games that United has played so far this season.
In other news, Alexis Sanchez has joined Inter Milan on a season-long loan. Sanchez arrived in Milan on Wednesday and passed his medical sealing a deal with the Italian club. United will cover £6m of the player’s wages according to Sky Sports. The deal doesn’t include an option to buy, which means United can demand a larger fee for the Chilean if he re-discovers his form before the end of his loan.
These are interesting developments as United only has three recognized strikers in Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and 17-year-old Mason Greenwood. With Sanchez’s departure, What happens if Rashford or Martial or both get injured or loses form then what would happen to United? Where are we going to get the goals from? We certainly can’t rely on young Greenwood.
Although Lingard isn’t listed as striker he has played as one since making his debut for United some years ago. So he could be brought in to fill the striker’s role. But he isn’t the type of player that will get you 20 goals or more a season either. I think United is going to pay a big price for not bringing in one or two quality strikers. If Martial or Rashford doesn’t provide to combine 20 to 25 goals or more along with Lingard getting close to double figures then we can be in real trouble this season.
Goals win matches and how many matches are we going to win this season with an already depleted forward line? Let’s hope that Martial and Rashford doesn’t get injured in the medium to long-term or lose form if both of them start scoring goals consistently. Even losing one of them for just 2-4 weeks is damaging enough.
Now, regarding Chris Smalling he has been a player that has gone into decline for a while now. So I am glad that he’s going on loan. I don’t believe that United will bring him back. I think they’ll release him from his contract with United at the end of his loan period with Roma. He doesn’t play to a high standard anymore.
At least not on a regular basis. He usually comes in for criticism whenever he plays especially when he’s exposed by better quality teams. Smalling sadly doesn’t have a future at Old Trafford anymore. I know that United also is listening to offers for Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo, whom both can leave as far I am concerned. They will sell them once they get proper offers for both players before the Sept. 2 transfer window ends for the rest of Europe.