This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
As per Sky Sports, Everton’s deadline day move for Marcos Rojo collapsed after they failed to agree terms with Manchester United over the Argentina international.
The Toffees had been after a centre-back for virtually the entire summer, and had lined up Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori as transfer targets.
However, following the Blues’ reluctance to do business with the pair on either a permanent or temporary basis, Marco Silva’s side turned their attentions towards Rojo on deadline day.
It was previously reported that Everton had entered into talks with United over a possible swoop for the 29-year-old, but Sky Sports have now claimed the Toffees pulled out of negotiations after being put off by the club’s valuation.
So the Everton and Rojo love story still doesn’t get its fairytale ending. The Toffees attempted to sign the 29-year-old last summer but saw a move fail to materialise, and now head into the upcoming campaign with a feeling of deja vu.
Silva’s side are likely to be aggrieved in not landing one of their centre-back targets for this summer, and the frustrations in trying to negotiate a deal with some of the Premier League’s ‘big six’ is likely to linger for some time. But if, as reports claim, the Toffees pulled out of talks with United due to the Manchester side’s valuation of Rojo, then Everton simply must be applauded.
The Merseyside club could have easily blinked in the face of pressure and simply thrown money at United to desperately try and get a deal done. Instead, the Toffees used some rationale and logic and refused to be drawn into this increasingly wild transfer market. Missing out on Rojo may sting in the short-term, but the 29-year-old’s injury history and age should act as a comforting blanket for those who think they may regret it.