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Man Utd set £20m price tag for player who would take pay cut to secure transfer

Chris Smalling is reportedly willing to take a significant pay cut to seal a permanent exit from Manchester United this summer. 

Smalling’s successful season-long loan spell at Roma ended last week and the defender returned to Manchester with his long-term future completely in the air.

According to the Sun, Smalling is keen on a move back to Italy and United have set a £20m asking price for the 30-year-old’s signature.

Smalling has two years left on his United contract which the Sun claims is worth £130,000 per-week, and it is reported that the centre-back would take a pay cut to secure a transfer away.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is an admirer of Smalling, who made 29 starts for the Giallorossi this term.

But its clear that Smalling desires playing regular first-team football and it is unlikely he can be guaranteed that ahead of first-choice pairing Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire next season.

United also have Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe competing for a first-team spot, and Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo are still on the club’s books.

Solskjaer should respect Smalling’s wishes this summer if the Englishman states his intentions to leave Old Trafford, and the fee could be put towards deals for transfer targets.

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