Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has been handed a January escape route from the club, as he is closing in on a loan move to former club Estudiantes.

According to a report from the Mirror, Manchester United outcast Marcos Rojo is on his way out of the club in the January transfer window, as he is poised to return to Argentine outfit Estudiantes on a loan deal.

Rojo has been at Manchester United since 2014, having arrived from Sporting Lisbon. The Argentine made a strong start to life at Old Trafford, but has failed to establish himself as a regular in recent seasons with injuries hampering him. Till date, the 29-year-old has made 122 appearances for the club and has won a League Cup, an FA Cup and the UEFA Europa League.

Since the arrival of the likes of Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire, coupled with the emergence of Axel Tuanzebe, Rojo has fallen down the pecking order at Manchester United. In the ongoing campaign, the 29-year-old has featured just nine times across all competitions, with only three of them coming in the Premier League.

Manchester United had tried to ship Rojo off in the summer window, but a late move to Everton did not materialize. The Red Devils have been trying to find a buyer for Rojo throughout this month, but having failed to broker a permanent deal for the 29-year-old, are understood to have struck up an agreement with Estudiantes for a loan deal.

Rojo on his way back to Argentina? (Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images)

Rojo on his way back to Argentina? (Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images)

Estudiantes is where Rojo started his career and went on to make 53 appearances before leaving the club in 2011 to sign for Russian outfit Spartak Moscow. And he could now be set to seal a return to his boyhood club before the transfer window closes.

An alternate report from Goal Argentina has claimed that the agreement is already in place, with Rojo’s signature the only thing remaining to close the deal. It is believed that the presence of former Manchester United midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron, who is now the chairman of Estudiantes, helped push the deal through.

Veron recently told Argentine outlet La Nacion (h/t Goal Argentina), “We hope that United can see that there would be no financial problem. We can’t match his financial conditions, but the agreement could happen another way. We’re working toward him being able to return.”

The report states that Rojo will be joining Estudiantes on a year-long loan deal, although Manchester United will have the option of recalling him after six months. Having struggled for game time at Old Trafford, a return to his boyhood club will be a good opportunity for the Argentine to relaunch his career, ahead of the summer’s Copa America.

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