Official: After sweating Smalling transfer timing, deal for Englishman is official

John Solano

RomaPress – There was chaos in the house of Roma even after the transfer window slammed shut.

The Giallorossi and Manchester United were left sweating a decision from the Italian FA (FIGC) as to whether or not the Giallorossi submitted all of the necessary documents for the transfer of defender Chris Smalling on time.

Almost two hours after the window shut, all of the contractual documentation and timely submission of the transfer paperwork was confirmed by the FIGC.

Immediately after the FIGC announced their ruling, Manchester United announced the sale of the 30 year-old on their official website:

“Manchester United have reached an agreement with AS Roma for the transfer of defender Chris Smalling. Everyone at Manchester United would like to thank Chris for his years of service, dedication and professionalism, and wish him all the best for his future,” read the announcement.

Smalling is joining Roma on a permanent deal that will cost the club €15 million plus €5 million in bonuses.

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