According to The Sun, Everton are planning to swoop for Chris Smalling when his current contract with Manchester United expires at the end of the season.
Smalling’s deal at Old Trafford only has a matter of months left to run, and as yet an agreement upon new terms for the defender does not appear close.
The Red Devils are thought to have the option of a 12-month extension, but may not take it up, or may only do so in order to receive a transfer fee in return for the 31-cap England man.
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Whether the Toffees could land the 28-year-old on a free transfer or not, they would still be better off avoiding signing the defender.
In spite of all his elite level experience, which includes winning the Premier League title twice under the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson, Smalling is not the most reliable of centre-backs. Now, in what ought to be his prime years, he has instead lost his place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad and does not always even make Jose Mourinho’s starting XI for United.
Although he could do a decent job at Goodison Park, Everton’s ambitions as a club are to break into the top six in England. Marco Silva must therefore be focusing on acquiring players who are of an improving standard. Smalling, for his part, has peaked.
Considering the quality of Everton’s recent defensive additions such as Lucas Digne and Yerry Mina, Smalling would not represent a continuation of such smart and progressive business by the Merseyside outfit, and he would likely just be another disappointing addition for the Toffees such as Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez before him.
What do you think, Everton fans – would Smalling be a wise buy?