Manchester United offloaded Chris Smalling to Roma in a deal worth £13million plus £5million in add-ons – yet they are highly unlikely to ever receive the latter.
Smalling, 30, spent last season on loan with the Italian club after being deemed surplus to requirements by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford.
The England centre-back impressed for Paulo Fonseca’s side, yet Solskjaer could still not find room for him in his United squad this term.
As a result, he set his sights on sealing a permanent switch to Roma this summer, which appeared to have hit a stumbling block due to United’s £18million asking price.
However, on deadline day Roma managed to strike a deal with the Premier League club that will see them pay £13million in instalments over the next four years.
An estimated £5million in add-ons have also been included in the deal, however Gazzetta dello Sport and Correire dello Sport both claim that will only be triggered if Roma win the Champions League in the next three years.
And considering they have only ever reached the final of the competition back in 1984, United should not expect to receive that additional payment anytime soon.
Roma have never reached the showpiece since its new format in 1992, although they did suffer an agonising 7-6 aggregate defeat against Liverpool in the 2017/18 semi-finals.
Smalling admitted his permanent move to Roma came as a “massive relief”, while also paying an emotional tribute to United after spending a decade with the club.
“United is a special place, and we achieved special things together, something I am beyond proud about,” he wrote on Twitter.
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“An unrivalled culture, where winning is not a want it is a need. I leave not only a better player, but a better person, with Utd forever in my DNA.
“For that, I have to thank all the staff, everyone connected to the club, and you the fans.”
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