Smalling has returned to Roma | Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images
Manchester United have confirmed the departure defender Chris Smalling, who joins AS Roma on a reported three-year deal.
Smalling hasn’t had a look-in at United since returning from a successful loan spell in Serie A last term, but a deal looked to have been placed on the backburner until deadline day.
After 10 years of service at Old Trafford, @ChrisSmalling has left #MUFC to join Roma on a permanent deal.
Thank you and good luck in Italy, Chris ❤️
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 5, 2020
With hours left of the transfer window, however, Roma made signing the 30-year-old a priority, and the deal was confirmed with less than three hours to spare.
Smalling had been keen to re-join the club, and has put pen to paper on a three-year deal in the Italian capital. The deal is believed to be worth £18m in total, with over £13m guaranteed and a further £5m in conditional add-ons.
Smalling made 37 appearances for Roma last season, rebuilding his reputation as a top centre-back in the process. There was plenty of interest in luring him away from Old Trafford, but it’s the Giallorossi who have been the most determined to make a deal happen.
More to follow.