Manchester United happy to keep Chris Smalling for new season

Manchester United could keep Chris Smalling this summer.

The latest from Sam Pilger, writing for Forbes, claims United are opening to the idea of keeping Smalling as a member of their squad for the new season.

Smalling has been heavily linked with a permanent switch to AS Roma after impressing at the club on loan last term. Pilger reports “talks have stalled in recent days” so now there’s a possibility the centre-back will stay and fight for his place at Old Trafford.

United want to rid themselves of the perception of being a soft touch in the transfer market.

They fear they are looked upon as a club willing to pay crazy transfer fees while letting players leave on the cheap. That’s a damaging perception to have in the transfer market and something needs to change.

According to the Forbes story, United are holding out for an offer of around £20m for Smalling.

That seems reasonable for a defender who was considered one of the best in Serie A last season.

Moreover, does anyone else think Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo should be pushed out the door before Smalling? Finding them new clubs could be like drawing blood from a stone.

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  1. I think he is a better option than Harry, he score goals and his fast aswell his way better than Harry. Is to be captain of the team you must be kidding me. United are laughing stock at this moment. Replace Harry with smalling

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