CHRIS SMALLING looks set to complete a permanent transfer to Roma as he continues to train away from the rest of the Manchester United squad.
The 30-year-old England defender spent a successful season on-loan with the Italians and wants to return this term.
The two clubs have been haggling over a transfer fee, with the Red Devils valuing the ex-Fulham man between £15million and £20m.
He is currently back in pre-season but The Telegraph claims he is working away from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team squad.
Today’s report states he was not present at Carrington for either Tuesday or Wednesday’s sessions as he remains hopeful he can secure his exit.
Both Smalling and his representatives are continuing to negotiate the terms of his departure from Old Trafford.
He did return to the club’s training HQ today, but he did a double session by himself.
Smalling is also expected to do the same tomorrow.
Despite making over 300 appearances for United, he was deemed surplus to requirements by Solskjaer a year ago.
That led to a switch to Serie A, where he became a regular for Roma and a big fan favourite.
His United contract does not expire until 2022 but he is desperate for them to reach an agreement with United for him to leave.
Solskjaer is attempting to strengthen his team by bolstering his defence before next month’s transfer deadline.
But the lack of a new centre-half is no doubt delaying Smalling’s permanent exit.