Deal done: Chris Smalling joins Roma

After a last-minute rush to have paperwork signed, Man United defender, Chris Smalling, has moved from the Old Trafford outfit to Roma on a four-year deal.

Smalling spent last season in the Italian capital, and the Serie A giants appeared desperate to secure his services on a permanent basis.

Given how poorly United have been in defence themselves, it’s a wonder that they allowed the transfer to complete in any event.

BBC Sport note that the deal was worth 15m euros (£13.6m), rising to 20m euros (£18.1m) with add-ons, and that the paperwork was completed with only a minute to spare.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows that his defence have to improve after some disastrous showings at Old Trafford against Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur.

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With Smalling now off of the payroll, it gives others the opportunity to stake a claim, and the Norwegian may well consider giving highly-rated Teden Mengi his first team wings now.

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