Manchester United seemed to have finished their summer shopping, but going by recent reports, they’re interested in bolstering their defence by signing another central defender, with Southampton’s Jose Fonte being the main focus of their attention.
According to sources, Manchester United had two representatives in the Southampton vs Watford match, which ended with one goal a piece. Unfortunately for those representatives, Fonte was an unused sub in the game.
Newly appointed Manchester United manager José Mourinho wants to add experience to his defence, and compatriot Jose Fonte seems to be the ideal candidate for him.
Fonte started his professional career with Sporting B, moving to England with Crystal Palace in 2007. On 9th January, 2010, he moved to Southampton for a fee believed to be around the region of £1.2 million, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract. Since then, he has made over 250 appearances for the club across all competitions, whilst also helping them gain promotion twice.
A Portuguese international since age 30, Fonte was part of the squad at Euro 2016, winning the tournament.
Southampton want to hold onto the Portuguese defender, and they have offered Fonte a new deal, making him the most paid player at the club.
According to England based media outlet Daily Mirror, however, Manchester United want to try their best to tempt Southampton to sell Fonte, and are therefore willing to send Marcos Rojo the other way in a money plus player move in a bid.
Rojo was signed for a £16m fee by previous Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal in 2014. The Argentine has since failed to create a regular starting berth for himself, mostly owing to injuries.
Rojo only featured for 1249 minutes in 16 games in the league last season for Manchester United.
And now, with defensive acquisition of Bailly and the return of Luke Shaw from injury, Rojo’s place in the squad has been further put into question. The Argentine was a unused sub in the first game against Bournemouth.
With Fonte heading to Manchester United, it’s in Rojo’s and the clubs best interests that they part ways.