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Manchester United Demanded £18.1m For Chris Smalling And Only Got £2.7m From Roma

Manchester United Demanded £18.1m For Chris Smalling And Only Got £2.7m From Roma

Manchester United fans are furious at how the club managed to only pocket £2.7m for Chris Smalling when their initial price tag was £18.1m.

Reports in Italy confirmed on Thursday that the United defender, 29, is 'on the verge' of signing for Roma in a loan deal.

But Sky Sport Italia reports that the Red Devils demanded £18.1m for Smalling.


According to reports, United and Roma's negotiations even included the possibility of a £2.7m loan with the option to make the move permanent for £15.4m.

However, the Italian press claims that the final agreement is only a £2.7m loan without the option to buy the English centre-back permanently.

And United fans have flocked to Twitter and blasted United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward over his handling of the transfer.


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Smalling has become the third United player to head to Serie A this summer.

Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku became Inter Milan's club-record signing when they splashed out a whopping £74m on him.


And the Italian side are closing in on the signing of Red Devils flop Alexis Sanchez on a loan deal.

Should United have agreed to the loan deal for Smalling?

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Topics: ed woodward, Manchester United, Serie A, Chris Smalling, Man utd, red devils, Roma, Premier League, Twitter, Old Trafford

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]