Fiorentina are reportedly interested in the services of Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, who could cost around £7.7 million.

According to La Nazione, as relayed by The Sun, Fiorentina are ready to make a move for Manchester United star Marcos Rojo in the summer. The Italian outfit regards him as an ideal target as they look to bolster their defensive options after the end of the season.

Rojo, whose current contract at United expires at the end of next season, is valued at £7.7 million. And that is because the Red Devils prefer a January sale, partly due to his stupendous wage of £160,000-a-week. Fiorentina, however, are eyeing a summer move, though their stance might change should Rojo and United agree to negotiate as far as wages and the transfer fee is concerned.

For Manchester United, the potential departure of Rojo could serve as a huge boost for Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer. It is almost needless to say that the Norweigian will be keen on adding some defensive reinforcements following a mixed start from big-money signing Harry Maguire.

Moreover, players like Phil Jones and Rojo himself, haven’t proved to be reliable alternatives. As a result, the Red Devils have often lagged behind the other English giants, especially as far as the defensive department is concerned.

Set to follow Alexis Sanchez out of Manchester United? (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Set to follow Alexis Sanchez out of Manchester United? (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Therefore, Rojo’s move away from Old Trafford could open up some much-needed space in United’s defensive unit, allowing them to sign new players. Not to mention, pulling his massive wages off the books could help the club financially as well.

From a pure sporting perspective, Rojo’s stay at Old Trafford doesn’t make sense either. The Argentine has barely played any football over the past two or three seasons. In fact, he is yet to make over ten Premier League appearances in any of the last three seasons, often struggling with injury problems.

And even he is fit, Rojo hasn’t been able to maintain consistency. So in reality, he has only become a roadblock for promising youngsters like Axel Tuanzebe, who, despite making an impression at Aston Villa last season, has featured in only five matches so far.

Hence, United must look to offload Rojo in the upcoming January transfer window, if they really are to undergo a complete defensive overhaul. In return, the Red Devils should look to sign a quality defender, who can create a solid defensive partnership alongside Victor Lindelof and Maguire. Someone like Kalidou Koulibaly, for one, could be an exciting signing.

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