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(Photo) Smalling pictured in Italy ahead of loan transfer to Roma

Chris Smalling has been pictured in Rome ready to complete his season-long loan switch from Manchester United.

As per the Guardian, Roma will pay £2.7m for the 29-year-old’s services for the season, after he fell out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford.

Smalling could no longer be guaranteed first-team football under Solskjaer after the arrival of Harry Maguire and the return of Axel Tuanzebe.

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Many United fans would have liked to see Smalling stay as a back-up option at Old Trafford, but Solskjaer confirmed today that Marcos Rojo will remain at the club instead.

Rojo is perhaps being kept as he can provide cover in the left-back position. Luke Shaw and Diogo Dalot are currently out injured so Ashley Young is now the only recognised first-team player in the position.

See Smalling pictured in Rome below:

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