Man Utd outcast Phil Jones eyed in shock Serie A transfer following success of Chris Smalling at Roma

PHIL JONES is reportedly being lined up for a shock Serie A switch this summer.

The Athletic claims Manchester United’s pariah centre-back, 28, could end up plying his trade in Italy following Chris Smalling’s success at Roma.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preferred partnership has been Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, with Eric Bailly playing back-up.

Axel Tuanzebe is also being tipped for a chance next season, while United continue to be linked with a new defender.

And that means Jones is likely to leave after featuring just twice in the Premier League this season.

Jones joined United from Blackburn in 2011 and was tipped to become a future captain.

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But despite playing under Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Solskjaer, he has never been able to fully convince the Old Trafford faithful.

However, Jones could now be handed a fresh start in Italy thanks to former teammate Smalling’s success in the capital with Roma.

The former Fulham man, 30, has played 32 times in all competitions after a loan move last year.

And Roma are ready to make Smalling’s deal permanent, leading to a surge of interest in English outcasts from cash-strapped Serie A sides.

However, Jones could yet receive a Premier League lifeline with West Ham, who are managed by former United boss Moyes.

The Scot is also thought to be keen on a move for Jesse Lingard, another Red Devils outcast who Solskjaer appears to have no use for.

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