Revealed: Why Man Utd defender’s deadline day Everton move collapsed

Oli Fisher

A deadline day deal which would have seen a defender join Everton collapsed due to Manchester United, a report claims.

According to the Daily Mail, the Toffees had a deal lined up for United’s Marcos Rojo only for the agreement to fall through because of the Red Devils’ failure to sign a centre-half of their own.

The Guardian claim that the United board were not convinced by the players Mourinho shortlisted, which in most cases involved spending upwards of £70m on players that would not improve on what they already had.

Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld were both linked, as were Jerome Boateng and Yerry Mina, but none of the quarter arrived on deadline day.

However, Woodward was willing to make an exception in the pursuit of Diego Godin due to his £18million buy-out clause, but the Uruguayan was reluctant to leave Spain.

As a result, United were unwilling to sanction Rojo’s exit, and it is now expected that Everton will turn their attentions to Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma on a possible season-long loan.

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