Breaking: Smalling dumps Manchester Utd, completes return to Roma


Chris Smalling has finally left Manchester United, joining AS Roma on a permanent basis for £18million.

The England international spent last season on loan in the Italian capital, and was a hit with the club’s fans and manager Paulo Fonseca.

Roma have spent the entire summer haggling with the Red Devils over the defender, as they struggled to match United’s asking price.

But they always remained confident of signing their man, even including him in their 2020-21 kit launch.

The deal went down to the wire, however, being completed just ONE minute before the Serie A deadline at 8pm.

United will receive an initial £13.5m upfront for the 30-year-old.

And Roma could be made to stump up another £4.5m in add-ons.

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