Chris Smalling
Chris Smalling

Smalling Completes Medical Ahead Of Roma Loan 

Austin Papi

Manchester United defender, Chris Smalling, completed his medical at Roma's training ground on Friday, ahead of a season-long loan move.

He becomes the second Manchester United player joining the Italian club in 48 hours, the other being Alexis Sanchez who joined Inter Milan on loan.

Smalling, who is of Jamaican descent, grew up in England and ended up playing for the national team.

He was described by Sir Alex Ferguson as the perfect replacement for Nemanja Vidic. However, the center-back has now fallen down the pecking order following the arrival of the world's most expensive defender, Harry Maguire, who joined the old Trafford outfit from the foxes, Leicester City, earlier this summer.

Roma had conceded a large number of goals last season after selling ace goalkeeper, Alisson Becker. This season, they sold key defender, Kostas Manolas, but identified Smalling as the ideal replacement for the Greek defender who had joined Italian rivals, switching from Rome to Naples to join Napoli at the start of July.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed the 29-year-old’s departure at a press conference on Friday morning and the defender is now said to have successfully completed medicals in Rome, with an official announcement already made.

Smalling is still very much a Manchester United player. Recall, he signed a contract extension at Old Trafford back in December, committing his future to the club until 2022.

Three players have been transferred from Manchester United to Italy this season already, the last player being Romelu Lukaku who joined Inter Milan. His deal was on a permanent basis, unlike the other two, Smalling and Sanchez.

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