Friday August 30 2019
OFFICIAL: Roma sign Smalling, sell Defrel

Roma have officially signed Manchester United defender Chris Smalling on a season-long loan and sent Gregoire Defrel back to Sassuolo.

Roma have paid €3m to take Smalling on loan for the 2019-20 campaign but have not negotiated an option to buy.

The 29-year-old joined United from Fulham in 2010 and went on to make over 300 appearances for the Red Devils, winning two Premier League titles, two domestic cups and the Europa League.

He also has 31 England caps but fell down the pecking order at Old Trafford following the arrival of Harry Maguire and was dropped for the 2018 World Cup.

Smalling is a belated replacement for Kostas Manolas, who joined Napoli earlier in the summer.

As for Defrel, he returns to Sassuolo on a €3m loan with obligation to buy for €9m plus €2m in bonuses.

The 28-year-old scored 23 goals in two seasons at Mapei Stadium between 2015 and 2017, prior to joining Roma for €20m.

The Frenchman’s spell at the Olimpico saw him net just once in 20 appearances, and he spent last season on loan at Sampdoria, registering 12 strikes in 39 games.

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