LONDON – Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has travelled to Italy to seal a season-long loan move to Serie A club AS Roma, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday.
British media reported United have agreed a deal for 29-year-old centre back with Roma paying a fee of 3 million euros ($3.34 million).
England international Smalling arrived at Old Trafford from Fulham in 2010 and last year agreed a new deal until June 2022, with the option to extend a further year.
“It's just come up the last couple of days, this opportunity for Chris. Of course we sat down yesterday and discussed it,” Solskjaer told a news conference ahead of Saturday's league match at Southampton.
“At the moment we've got six fit centre-backs. I couldn't promise Chris regular football. He's on the plane over now and I think he'll enjoy the experience over there.”