Newcastle United are reportedly battling Sheffield United for Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo ahead of the January transfer window with a potential loan deal in the offing – but surely Leeds United need to throw their hat into the ring?
Rojo, 31, is out of contract next summer and while he was included in Manchester United’s 25-man Premier League list – he has not made a single appearance for United’s first team. His contract expires on June 30, making him available next month.
The Athletic claim that Newcastle and Sheffield United want Rojo – while two Spanish sides have made enquiries. Rojo earns a whopping £100k-a-week, clocking up just 122 appearances for United since joining the club in 2014 for £16million (BBC).
Meanwhile, Leeds are lacking at the heart of their defence. Injuries to Diego Llorente and Robin Koch has left Marcelo Bielsa without cover at centre-back – and Luke Ayling is already playing out of position to cover the injured duo.
Leeds need a central defender and why not one that not only shares nationality with the Whites boss and has 61 caps for his country, but one that can be signed on loan – and temporarily add cover, instead of a more expensive permanent addition.
Rojo is excellent with the ball at his feet, showing versatility in being able to play in the middle of a back four, on the left of a back three or even as a left-back. He would be the ideal mould of a centre-back for Bielsa’s men.
Experienced but with speed, landing Rojo ahead of Newcastle and the Blades would be good business for the Whites – if they can tempt bitter rivals Manchester United into doing business with them.