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Veteran star left frustrated as Man United drag out transfer saga



Chris Smalling left frustrated as Manchester United continue to wrangle with Roma

According to the Daily Mail, veteran defender Chris Smalling is frustrated with Manchester United, as talks over a summer transfer to AS Roma continues to drag on.

The 30-year-old spent last season on loan at Roma. A resurgence in form saw the player establish himself as one of the best defenders in Serie A.

While both he and Roma are keen to make the deal permanent, United are unwilling to lower their asking price for Smalling. (h/t Daily Mail)

Veteran defender Chris Smalling is frustrated with Manchester United.
Chris Smalling is unhappy with Manchester United

According to the report, The Red Devils have demanded £18m for the player and are waiting for Roma to return with an improved offer.

Meanwhile, Smalling continues to train on his own at Carrington in an effort to keep up his fitness levels. He is unhappy with the way negotiations are going and remains in touch with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. (h/t Daily Mail)

He believes United owe him the move after serving the club for a decade. The club, however, refuse to budge and are keen to bring in as much money as possible. (h/t Daily Mail)

Manchester United are unwilling to reduce the asking price for Chris Smalling
Manchester United are unwilling to reduce the asking price for Chris Smalling

This has also affected incoming transfers as Solskjaer needs to sell a defender before he can buy another. (h/t Daily Mail)

Porto full-back Alex Telles is on the club’s radar. It is a matter of the roles bring reversed when it comes to negotiations with the Portuguese giants. (h/t Daily Mail)

United have been actively trying to drive down Telles’ asking price, with the player’s contract set to expire next summer.

Alex Telles set to be offered to Manchester United
Alex Telles is on Manchester United’s radar

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With 10 days to go before the window closes, United still have much work to do both in terms of purchases and sales.

It has proven to a frustrating window for both players and fans alike. Whether it can still be redeemed remains to be seen.