Manchester United have reportedly rejected an approach from Everton to take Chris Smalling on loan for the season as the Blues' search for a centre-half continues.
Sky Sports News reporter Alan Myers, among others, has tweeted that the offer was turned down as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer regards Smalling as a vital member of his squad.
United have this week concluded an £80m deal to bring Harry Maguire to Old Trafford from Leicester City and it is believed that Marcos Rojo is the more likely of United's defenders to depart before tomorrow's transfer deadline.
Everton had been hoping to persuade Chelsea to part company with Kurt Zouma this summer after the Frenchman's impressive loan spell at Goodison Park last season but the Londoners' transfer embargo looks as though it might dash the Toffees' hopes.
Antonio Rüdiger's recent surgery means that he will miss the start of the season, leaving new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard with David Luiz and Andreas Christiansen as his only experienced centre-halves following Gary Cahill's departure for Crystal Palace.
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1 Posted 07/08/2019 at 14:48:11
2 Posted 07/08/2019 at 15:00:56
3 Posted 07/08/2019 at 15:02:19
4 Posted 07/08/2019 at 15:08:38
5 Posted 07/08/2019 at 15:24:46
6 Posted 07/08/2019 at 15:27:00
7 Posted 07/08/2019 at 15:28:48
Everton are a big club and now acting like it! Swagger! Financial clout! Big balls!
8 Posted 07/08/2019 at 15:53:20
9 Posted 07/08/2019 at 16:25:43
1) If we can't get Zouma, then we need an experienced CB who is injury free to provide competition and capable of settling immediately.
2) The loan suggests it is a stop-gap arrangement, not a marquee signing.
3) The player's ability; I remember his season under Van Gaal when he was as good as any centre-half in the Premer League that season and even in his last 2 seasons he was reasonably solid despite the criticism.
4) Marco's coaching of defenders; our back 4 last season all improved defensively from what I'd seen before. Zouma was immense yet looked awful at Stoke, Keane was transformed from an average player, Digne was shocking at Barca defensively when I had seen him and even Coleman would always rely on his pace to cover his positional inadequacy yet he seemed not to get caught out much in the second half of the season despite his loss of pace.
Obviously if you compare Keane, Zouma and Smalling on last season's performance he clearly comes out worst but in my opinion if you judge the 3 on their performance in the season preceding Marco, then he would easily come out best.
Let me be clear: I'm not advocating us to sign Smalling but, at the same time, I don't think it would be the disaster it is being made out.
10 Posted 07/08/2019 at 16:26:14
11 Posted 07/08/2019 at 17:41:07
12 Posted 07/08/2019 at 17:46:06
To me he's the Boeing 737 of Prem CBs. Lovely in flight, right up until the crash.
13 Posted 07/08/2019 at 18:04:31
He is from the same team that we dicked 4-0 only a few months ago!
This transfer rumour aside, I have never rated Smalling, always looks a disaster waiting to happen. I work with a load of Manc fans & they were pissed off that Manure rejected Evertons offer, when they heard the news. Says it all really!
14 Posted 07/08/2019 at 18:20:12
I agree with you. Bit of a scapegoat for Utd. I don't mind him, he would do a job. They are a complete mess, like we were a couple years ago, way too many players to make sense of. Strong squad player and maybe a safe option with little time remaining. Not that it will happen.
But something will...
15 Posted 07/08/2019 at 18:40:13
16 Posted 07/08/2019 at 19:19:28
17 Posted 07/08/2019 at 19:28:19
18 Posted 07/08/2019 at 19:37:53
19 Posted 07/08/2019 at 19:57:10
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21 Posted 07/08/2019 at 20:39:36
22 Posted 07/08/2019 at 20:56:52
23 Posted 07/08/2019 at 22:01:29
24 Posted 07/08/2019 at 22:26:38
They said no as it is.
Does mean were at least trying hard for another CB now that Zoumas not happening. Think well really be in trouble with just Keane and Mina in the middle.
25 Posted 07/08/2019 at 23:57:41
26 Posted 08/08/2019 at 08:59:11
27 Posted 08/08/2019 at 17:42:11
Rojo is a dirty, dangerous defender & I wouldn't like him to be associated with our club. As for Smalling, 'Donkey' is the word that springs to mind. Just inadequate for the quality we want to bring to our club. No thanks. Next...!!
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