Argentina international Marcos Rojo has been tipped to leave Manchester United this summer with the club leaning towards signing a new central defender. The 28-year-old has been a credible performer for United over the past four seasons but the club are now pondering over his sale as they seek to recoup funds for the new centre-back.
According to The Sun, United are prepared to accept bids of around £30m for the Argentine defender with Jose Mourinho keen on pursuing a new centre-back before the transfer deadline. It is added that Leicester City’s Harry Maguire remains the prime candidate to replace Rojo, though the Foxes are expected to play hardball over the negotiations.
Maguire has caught the eye of Europe’s elite after starring for England during the recent World Cup and he has since admitted that he would fancy a big-club move elsewhere. Nevertheless, the centre-back is not prepared to go against the Foxes’ wishes and he may only secure the move after being given the green light from the 2015/16 Premier League champions.
As things stand, Leicester are said to demand around £75m for the former Hull City defender and this could prove a stumbling block for United, should they struggle to offload their existing players. United have already made around £14m from the recent sale of Daley Blind but they are yet to find potential suitors for Rojo and Matteo Darmian.
Unlike Rojo, Darmian has publicly admitted that he would like to leave the Mancunian giants but so far, none of his suitors have come close to United’s £17m asking price. Juventus, Inter Milan, and Napoli have been the clubs associated with the Italian and the latter have supposedly made a loan approach for Darmian with the option to buy. The former Torino ace made just five Premier League starts for United last term.