Everton are trying to secure the signing of Marcus Rojo late in the window after making an offer to Manchester United for the defender.
Everton are trying their best to bring a centre-back to the club before the transfer deadline. According to talkSPORT and various other outlets, Everton have made a last-ditch attempt to bring Marcus Rojo to Goodison Park, with Manchester United yet to respond.
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Everton have been involved in some late offers for multiple players this week. First, they made a bid for Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi, which was rejected by the Gunners. Simultaneously they also attempted to bring in Manchester United defender Chris Smalling on loan, an offer which the Old Trafford side declined.
Everton primarily wanted to sign Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma, but Frank Lampard considers the Frenchman integral to his plans for the upcoming season. In recent developments, Chelsea’s other centre-back David Luiz is set to join Arsenal in a deadline day move, meaning there is no chance Zouma could move anywhere. Despite the hurdles, Everton remain keen on signing a centre-half before the deadline.
The idea to sign Rojo might not be appealing to Everton fans. However, considering their desperate need for a defender, Rojo might just fit into Marco Silva’s system. As things stand, Everton are interested in the Argentine, having made a £25 million bid for the Manchester United outcast, as per talkSPORT, who have not specified the duration of the contract they are offering.
Rojo is surplus to requirements at Manchester United. This has been his status at the club even before the high profile arrival of Harry Maguire. The fact that United rejected Everton’s proposal for Smalling shows the club are open to offers for other centre-backs.
Rojo has two years left on his deal and United are likely to accept an offer for him. Hence, a transfer to Everton looks likely, especially with recent developments suggesting that the Argentine defender has reached Manchester United’s Carrington complex with his representatives.
He might not be a straight starter at Goodison Park, but with plenty of games to be played during the season, the Argentine will likely play fairly regularly. It now remains to be seen if Everton can get the deal for Rojo over the line, or if he ends up staying put at Manchester United.