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Manchester United are all ready to relieve Chris Smalling of his contract with the club with Tony Pulis’ West Bromwich Albion touted as a possible destination, according to the Daily Star.
The 27-year-old Three-Lion star has fallen down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho and has failed to make an impression on the Portuguese tactician. To add to it, injury which has plaqued his career all through last season has caused a setback to his career. This followed up Mourinho criticizing his commitment on the playing field, stating that “you have to do anything for the team.”
West Brom’s interest in Smalling comes as no surprise as they were keen on adding him to their ranks last summer as well, but Mourinho reluctant to let any of his star players depart. This time around, however, West Brom have the likes of Leicester City, Stoke City and Crystal Palace competing with them for the player’s signature. While Leicester may withdraw their interest eventually, having recently signed Harry Maguire, Crystal Palace would be keen on acquiring a centre-back after failing in their attempt to sign Mamadou Sakho.
West Brom, a team known for its strong defensive lineup would improve immensely with a talent like that of the Fulham defender at their disposal.
With Manchester United having a lot of options for the centre-back role, it would not be shocking if United end up accepting the Baggies’ offer for the defender. A £10 million bid, however, might not be enough given the fact that Smalling is a Premier League professional and on his day, he is the one to beat.
Mourinho already has Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, young Axel Tuanzebe, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo (who is expected to miss the first half of the season) competing for the centre-back spot, hence, the departure of Smalling might have no effect on the squad.