Heavy criticism has been hurled at Manchester United for constantly keeping dead-wood in their squad.
When the Red Devils announced their traveling squad for the pre-season tour to Australia and Asia, many supporters commented how the lot of players still didn’t represent enough world-class talent to achieve their goals as a club.
However, it turns out that getting rid of unnecessary talent is easier said than done.
According to the Daily Record, Manchester United are facing a tough time finding a club who are willing to purchase Marcos Rojo. The Argentine defender was given a fresh contract by Jose Mourinho, of which two years are still pending.
The report holds that United require at least £25 million in transfer fees for the 29-year-old. This isn’t the best amount for clubs in Europe as Rojo’s poor form and injury-stricken past has lowered his stock considerably.
Further, his yearly wages of £8 million also pose a headache as not many sides are willing to meet that valuation.
It is also claimed that clubs in the Chinese Super League are willing to make a deal for that price but it appears that Rojo himself isn’t keen on leaving European football yet. Further, the player would prefer to ply his trade for a Premier League club.
This leaves United in a bit of a pickle. The mediocre defense was the single biggest flaw that derailed their ambitions last campaign. While they have certainly tried their hand at attaining world-class defenders, so far their pursuits have resulted in disappointments.
Presently, they continue to be linked with Harry Maguire for that particular spot, although any arrival would also dictate a departure.
The likes of Matteo Darmian and Rojo himself present themselves as brilliant candidates for the same, but such issues prevail.
This may be indicative of a larger problem at the Mancunian outfit where overpaying their stars turns out to be a poor decision in retrospect.