Everton express interest in signing Manchester United outcast

Premier League side Everton have reportedly expressed an interest in signing Marcos Rojo, who has been deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford. The Argentina international struggled for regular gametime with Manchester United during the course of the 2017/18 campaign and he ended the season with just eight starts in the Premier League.

According to The Telegraph, the Toffees are among the clubs in the running to sign Rojo, who could be available for around £20m this summer. Nevertheless, the Merseyside outfit are said to have concerns regarding the player’s £120,000-a-week wages and this could hamper a transfer agreement between the sides.

Aside from Everton, Wolverhampton Wanderers are also understood to have approached for the former Sporting man but the west Midlands outfit have been told that the player is not so keen on joining the Premier League newcomers. Rojo only signed a fresh three-year contract with United in March this year but it appears that the move may have been done to preserve his transfer value for future transfer windows.

As things stand, United are looking to recruit another central defender before the transfer deadline and Rojo’s sale could enhance their prospects of signing one. Leicester City’s Harry Maguire has been highlighted as the prime choice to strength the heart of United’s backline but the Foxes may play hardball over the deal after losing Riyad Mahrez earlier in the piece.

As such, Jose Mourinho’s side are understood to have two alternatives in the form of Yerry Mina (Barcelona) and Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), though they are likely to face competition from Everton for the former. Alderweireld, on the other hand, has been valued at around £55m by Spurs and United are presently £10m shy from matching that figure.

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