Jose Mourinho Tells Man Utd to Sell Chris Smalling in Order to Free Up Funds for More Transfers
Manchester United's Chris Smalling has reportedly been told by Jose Mourinho that he will be sold this summer, after failing to live up to his potential at Old Trafford.
After seven seasons at the club, the 27-year-old finds himself looking for a new club - Mourinho not being impressed enough by his performances.
Since the retirement of sir Alex Ferguson, Smalling has found himself on the end of niggling injuries that have kept him away from being able to play consistent football, and now according to the Sun, Mourinho has made the decision to axe him.
The Portuguese boss is believed to have told the club that they should sell Smalling in the past two weeks in order to free up funds for more transfers.
United have already splashed the cash this summer - signing Everton's Romelu Lukaku for £75m and Benfica's Victor Lindelof for £35m, but the Red Devils still have £100m to spend on top of whatever they receive for Smalling - the club looking to get around £12m.
While Mourinho goes about looking for new faces in his side, Smalling begins the search for a new club; with West Brom supposedly the likeliest of destinations for the England international.
While Tony Pulis gets ready to sign Inter Milan's Andrea Ranocchia as the replacement for Jonas Olsson, the out-of-favour United defender becomes the latest link for a switch to the Hawthorns this summer - which may well give Pulis some food for thought.
However, it is unlikely that Smalling will struggle to find a place in a team in the Premier League; even a United reject will be wanted by most of England's top flight.