Argentine outlet Infobae have claimed that Manchester United are set to release Marcos Rojo in order to help the left-footed defender find a new club – with Newcastle United linked earlier in the January transfer window.
Rojo, 30, has failed to make a single appearance for Manchester United this season. The centre-back is out of contract in the summer, but the latest report claims that Rojo and United are in the process of tearing that contract up.
The Athletic claimed towards the end of December that Newcastle wanted to sign Rojo as cover at the heart of Steve Bruce’s defence. That interest may still remain, and certainly will if they can get him on a free transfer.
TBR’s view – Do Newcastle need another centre-back?
The Toon have just secured a new contract for Ciaran Clark and also boast captain Jamaal Lascelles, Argentina international Federico Fernandez and Swiss ace Fabian Schar. But Bruce likes to use three at the back and another option could be ideal.
Signing Rojo would give Newcastle cover at left-back and a first-class option in the middle of the defence. It remains to be seen if United will rip up a player’s contract they spent £16million (BBC) to sign him – but if they do, the Toon should move.