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Smalling’s Man Utd exit could be off over late transfer fee problems with Roma

Chris Smalling looks like he might be forced to remain at Manchester United.

The former England defender has been desperate to secure a permanent move to AS Roma, where he spent last season on-loan and impressed with the Italian giants.

Since returning to United he has been made to train on his own and has not been included in the first team picture.

But United and Roma have failed to agree a fee for Smalling, who has a deal at United until 2022. United are holding out for £20m.

Smalling has a plane waiting for him to take him to Rome for the deal to be done.

With concerns over United's defence, former England striker Darren Bent has questioned manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's decision to leave Smalling out of his plans.

Speaking on Sky Sports News, Bent said "I don’t understand why there’s such an issue as I’d have kept him. Defensively, he’s better than what they’ve got.

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"He might not be the most pleasing on the ball when it comes to playing out from the back like a modern centre-half but when you want someone to actually defend, Chris Smalling is very good at doing that.

"I don’t quite understand why they’re so eager to let him walk out the door."

Smalling has been open about his desire to return to Roma, admitting he was "gutted" to leave last season before their Europa League campaign had ended.

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"I'm gutted that I can't finish what we started this season," Smalling tweeted at the time.

"To experience the love shown to me in such a short time was extra special and it will not be forgotten. I want to thank and wish all the players and staff the best of luck against Sevilla. DAJE ROMA!"

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