According to The Daily Record, Manchester United are struggling to move Marcos Rojo out the exit door after seeing their £25m valuation of the defender generate little interest.
The report claims that the Red Devils’ demands – coupled with Rojo’s reported £8m annual salary – have done little to entice rival clubs in bidding for the Argentina international this summer.
It adds that whilst there have been signs of interest from China, Rojo is not understood to be keen on leaving European football just yet, and would prefer to stay in the Premier League for the foreseeable future.
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The 6 foot 2 defender still has two years left on his existing deal at Old Trafford, and there appears to be little desire to move away on the player’s behalf.
Despite clinching the signings of Swansea’s Daniel James and Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka, United’s prime summer target appears to be Harry Maguire. Figures quoted for the Foxes star are seemingly around the £70m mark and whilst United are undoubtedly one of English football’s cash-rich clubs, there needs to be a semblance of realism.
For all their defensive troubles last season as they ended the Premier League campaign with 54 goals conceded, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have a number of centre-back options on their books already.
The likes of Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Rojo and the returning Axel Tuanzebe are still employed at Old Trafford. Adding Maguire to the equation would give them seven. Solskjaer’s preference to play four at the back effectively negates the purpose of even needing six centre-backs at the club, let alone seven. It simply doesn’t make footballing or financial sense, tying up money in one area of the squad.
So, trying to bring in big money for a player like Rojo is all the more perplexing, especially if it does have some impact on their pursuit of Maguire – should they be unable to get bodies out the door or need to fund a sizeable bid for his services by cashing in on fringe players like the Argentine.
Accepting that the club could potentially make a loss on their £16m investment will see them better balance out their squad. Instead, they risk having to pay the rest of Rojo’s bloated salary even without him conceivably being named in the match-day squad, alongside the several other centre-backs who won’t make the starting XI each week.
A complete and utter waste of money – United need to cut their losses and change their stance on the £25m-rated defender.