Official: Roma complete permanent signing of Chris Smalling

Roma have finally completed the signing of Chris Smalling on a permanent basis.

Smalling has been Roma’s top target all summer after his loan spell from Manchester United last season, but it has taken until deadline day to get the deal done.

It went right down to the wire, with Roma submitting the paperwork for the deal minutes before the window shut. It prompted some late nerves about whether the deal would become official or not.

But it has all finally gone through, with Smalling signing a three-year contract.

Roma have been trying to lower Man Utd’s price demands for the English centre-back, and the two parties finally found a compromise. The club have paid €15m to take Smalling on a permanent basis.

Smalling was Roma’s best player last season, making 37 appearances and scoring three goals – becoming the first English player ever to score for the club in the process.

He told Roma’s website: “Nothing in life worth having comes easy.

“My head and my heart has always been in Rome. I am delighted to now be yours. Daje Roma!”

Bentornato, Chris!

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