Aston Villa and Everton are set for a deadline day battle over Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, according to the Sun’s transfer live blog, 8 August, 09:23am.
They report that United want £25 million to sell the Argentine but a loan deal could well be on the cards given the proximity to the deadline.
The report says that Rojo has been shunted down the United pecking order by the arrival of Harry Maguire – although he has had an impressive pre-season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Rojo’s career at Old Trafford hasn’t exactly taken off, but United are still reportedly looking for a £9 million profit on the £16 million BBC reported they paid for him back in 2014 under Louis van Gaal.
Everton are the side in greater need of a central defender, as they still look light in that role after the return of Kurt Zouma to Chelsea following his loan deal.
The Blues’ transfer ban has seemingly put the blockers on Zouma exiting for Goodison Park again, forcing Marco Silva to look at alternatives.
Villa, meanwhile, have already spent big on one left-footed central defender during the transfer window in the shape of Tyrone Mings and had Rojo’s United team-mate Axel Tuanzebe on loan for the past two seasons.
But Tuanzebe looks to be in line for a chance at Old Trafford under Solskjaer, who wants to progress young players, meaning that Rojo could be the odd man out.