Man Utd set for surprise cash boost as tussle for unwanted star emerges

Date published: Sunday 24th May 2020 6:07

Manchester United are expected to receive more money than they hoped for exit-bound Marcos Rojo courtesy of a transfer battle for the defender, according to reports.

Rojo, who moved to Old Trafford in 2014, saw his game time diminish under boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season and he was allowed to leave on loan to Estudiantes in Janaury.

A knee injury has meant the 30-year-old has only managed to add one appearance to the nine he made at United before his exit and, according to the Sunday Mirror, that left United resigned to losing most of the £16million it cost to sign Rojo from Sporting.

However, the newspaper reports that Boca Juniors now want to sign the defender as well as Estudiantes and it is hoped that the clubs will fight for the player.

United are hopeful that the two Argentine giants will be prepared to pay up to £12million for Rojo, meaning the Red Devils will earn significantly more from his sale than first thought.

Estudiantes, with whom Rojo began his career 12 years ago, want to keep the 30-year-old and offer him a longer-term contract.

However, Boca are set to lose defender Junior Alonso when his loan deal expires at the end of June and the Buenos Aires-based side want Rojo in as a replacement.

Rojo is one of three United centre-backs whose futures remain uncertain, alongside Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.

Smalling moved to Roma on loan last summer and recently reiterated his enjoyment of the new challenge in the Serie A.

As for potential arrivals in defence, Solskjaer has been linked with signing Joe Rodon, who is highly-rated by Wales boss and Solskjaer’s good friend Ryan Giggs.

In other news, Sunday’s newspapers also reported that Manchester City could play a huge part in deciding Jadon Sancho’s fate, the Borussia Dortmund winger linked with United.

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