Why Everton should not sign Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo
According to a report from the Daily Star, Manchester United are set to bid goodbye to Marcos Rojo following the mega-money signing of Harry Maguire.
Maguire, 26, signed for the Red Devils on an £80m deal from Leicester City, becoming the world’s most expensive defender. And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still has Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe in his squad ahead of the season, although Bailly has undergone knee surgery and is set to miss four-five months of football.
Marcos Rojo, 29, has fallen even further down the pecking order at Old Trafford following Maguire’s arrival and it is believed that the Argentina international will be gone by Thursday’s deadline.
The report also adds Everton are one club that could offer Rojo a Premier League lifeline. That being said, should the Toffees make a move for the United outcast?
No, they must not take a punt on the Argentinean defender. Marco Silva wants to sign Kurt Zouma before the window closes this week having already brought in Jonas Lossl, Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph, Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Moise Kean.
Zouma spent last season on loan at Goodison Park and Everton are keen to sign him again but new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard knows that his club is currently under a transfer ban and as such, he would not be able to sign a replacement for the Frenchman if he did let him leave.
Therefore, Zouma could end up staying at Chelsea, meaning that the Toffees will need to look elsewhere for a defender.
Having also lost Phil Jagielka on a free transfer this summer, Silva is short of options in central defence, even though his club recently signed Gbamin. If the Portuguese tactician would be better off looking elsewhere rather than signing Marcos Rojo from Manchester United.
Recurrent injury problems have ruined Rojo’s time at United, with the Argentinean managing just 14 games across the past two seasons.
In fact, he made just eight appearances last season after suffering injury setbacks. The 29-year-old hasn’t been able to manage his fitness well since arriving at Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon five years ago.
The Argentina international has two years remaining on his deal having only signed an extension back in 2018. And despite the versatile defender enjoying very little game time in the last couple of seasons, United have placed a £25m price tag on the player.
That’s a lot of money for an injury-prone player, who will turn 30 in March 2020.
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Also, signing players in their prime or past it is against the new recruitment policy of Everton’s Director of Football, Marcel Brands.
Thus, it’s a no-brainer for Everton to stay away from Rojo.