The £12 million defender could be set for departure from Old Trafford

Manchester United are ready to part ways with defender Chris Smalling this summer, as Jose Mourinho deemed him surplus to requirements.

The “Special One” instructed Man United chiefs to sell the Englishman as he already brought Victor Lindelof from Benfica and there is no place in a team for Smalling. Although he played in 36 matches last season, only half of them were in the Premier League, and the gaffer clearly wasn’t satisfied with Smalling performances, so he decided to sell him in this transfer window.

The potential suitors don’t even have to pay big money for Chris as £12 million could be enough to lure him away from Old Trafford. West Brom’s manager Tony Pulis expressed interest in Smalling and Phil Jones as well, but it’s not realistic to expect double swoop. However, Pulis could make a move to get Smalling and create a defensive partnership of former United players as he already has Jonny Evans in the squad. Arsenal and Tottenham could also be in the mix for his signature.

With Lindelof and Eric Bailly as the first choice centre-backs, Smalling’s playing time will be reduced, and the 27-year old must think of his career, and the only way to save it is to leave. He started his career at Fulham in 2008 and moved to Manchester United in 2010. Smalling appeared in 243 matches for the Red Devils and contributed with 13 goals, while he also represented England on 31 occasions.

Even though Mourinho thinks that he doesn’t have future at Old Trafford, Smalling is still a quality defender and has the required skills to continue playing in the Premier League.

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