Sky Sports have claimed that Everton have had a loan bid rejected for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer bringing in Harry Maguire this summer.
Manchester United signed Harry Maguire for a world-record defender fee of £80million from Leicester City, and that could now see a number of United’s centre-backs consider their future.
Solskjaer boasts plenty of options at the heart of his defence in Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones, Axel Tuanzebe, Marcos Rojo as well as Smalling, and now Maguire. It means a couple of those names may be sold on.
Everton have looked to test Manchester United’s resolve by making a loan offer for England international Smalling, but it seems as though United want to keep Smalling with Solskjaer said to see Smalling as integral.
TBR’s view – Smalling should be kept at Manchester United
Of United’s seven centre-backs, Solskjaer may be tempted to wave goodbye to two of them. Tuanzebe spent last season on loan at Aston Villa and the player needs a Premier League loan to further his development.
Meanwhile, Argentine defender Marcos Rojo has gone from being a good option at the back early in his United spell – to somewhat of a liability.
Smalling, though, is one of the better centre-backs at United and he could form a partnership with Maguire. Solskjaer has made the right decision to ignore Everton’s bid.