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Chris Smalling to leave Manchester United

England international centre back Chris Smalling is being ‘hawked around Premier League clubs’ and seems to be the choice of manager Jose Mourinho to leave Old Trafford, following the arrival of Victor Lindelof from Benfica. United also remain linked with ex-player Michael Keane, who looks set to leave Burnley for a bigger challenge.

With Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Daley Blind available as cover in that position – all seemingly in battle to partner Lindelof at the heart of the United defence, it is Smalling who has been considered as surplus to requirements by Mourinho, after he criticised the player about his fitness and ‘desire to play’ when not 100% fit.

Smalling joined United from Fulham in the 2010/11 season and has made nearly 250 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions, scoring 13 goals and helping United to win two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup and the Europa League.
At 27, and still very much part of the international setup, feel that there will be a lot of interest in Chris

Smalling, who whilst has been quite injury prone, has been consistent in his play and effectiveness. A smart, pacy, footballing defender with a threat at goal, especially at set pieces, will appeal to the likes of Crystal Palace, West Ham, Everton and potentially Arsenal also, with the fee expected to be in the region of £12/15 million.