The Premier League and the Championship transfer window are shut, but clubs in other countries across Europe can still buy and sell players until September 2, 2019. Manchester United central defender Marcos Rojo could be one player who could see the Old Trafford exit door as he has now been linked with a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce.
The Turkish club are interested in Rojo as he can play as a left-back as well as a centre-back, and discussions between the two clubs are ongoing, as per the report. The report further states that Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to sell Rojo before the end of the transfer window.
The Argentine central defender, who has been with the club since 2014, played just six times last season, and has made a total of 113 appearances.
Rojo may not see many opportunities come his way this season at Manchester United following the arrival of Harry Maguire from Leicester City.
Why Manchester United should sell Marcos Rojo
Marcos Rojo has not lived up to the expectations that many United fans had when he signed from Sporting Lisbon in 2014.
The defender, who moved to the English side for a fee of £16 million, has been injured several times during his stint with United, and he has also not been consistent enough.
Rojo’s rash tackling and lapses in concentration have resulted in him losing his place in the United lineup many times.
Solskjaer has to sell Rojo in this transfer window as he has too many central defenders in his first team squad. Apart from new signing Harry Maguire, Manchester United’s first-team squad also includes Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly, and Victor Lindelof, as well as highly-rated youngster Axel Tuanzebe.
Maguire and Lindelof are most likely going to be United’s first-choice centre-back pairing, while Solskjaer does not want to loan or sell Tuanzebe as he feels that the youngster is ready to play for United. This means that one of Jones, Smalling or Rojo will have to leave the club to make the squad lighter.
Rojo has had his fair share of opportunities, but he hasn’t shown over the last five years that he is good enough to start every week for the club.