Man United set to finally offload the 27-year-old key player
Smalling has been restricted to just 13 Premier League starts this campaign due to an injury-plagued season, however, is in contention to start with Phil Jones or Daley Blind during Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm.
But, ESPN FC reports that United manager Jose Mourinho regards Smalling as his fourth-choice centre-half at best in a fully fit team, with the likes of Jones, Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo ahead of him in the pecking order.
With more defensive reinforcements required this summer, the report goes on to suggest that Man United will consider offloading Smalling should they receive a suitable bid for the England international.
The Red Devils top-six rivals Arsenal have earlier expressed an interest in Smalling, though it is unlikely that Mourinho would be ready to trade to a club in direct competition with his own.
The Englishman has played 35 games across all tournaments for Man United this season, netting two goals.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are supposed to make a renewed attempt to land Eric Dier this summer having seen a January offer of £50 million turned down by Tottenham, according to the Star on Sunday.
Spurs, who waved goodbye to White Hart Lane last Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Jose Mourinho’s team, are eager to keep hold of their group of young England internationals which also involves Dele Alli and Harry Kane.
While Tottenham’s appearance in next season’s Champions League is already confirmed, United’s wishes of qualifying for next season’s tournament hinges on winning Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax.
Mourinho’s first campaign at Old Trafford has been far from an unqualified success, and he is expected to oversee a major spending spree this summer.
Earlier this week The Sun claimed Mourinho had been given support in his pursuit of the talented Dier, who is viewed as the ideal long-term replacement for Michael Carrick, with the ex-Sporting Lisbon ace said to be keen on a making the move north.
The Premier League runners-up are also set to sell Kyle Walker this summer, and the full-back has been told he can leave the club at the end of the campaign.