Exits may be a more prominent part of Manchester United’s winter transfer window than arrivals. The club appears eager to secure numerous deals but the path is clearly being trod lightly.
When it comes to removing surplus talent, however, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and company look likely to be pragmatic and to the point.
As of such, the reports claiming that Marcos Rojo and Nemanja Martic are up for sale in the new year appear to be taking further shape and the latest report with regard to one of them makes the whole affair look more likely.
As per the MEN, Manchester United have granted Rojo a leave in anticipation of a transfer in January. The defender himself is currently in Argentina during the busy festive period of fixtures despite having recovered from injury.
His role is clearly waning under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as evidenced by the lack of inclusions in matchday squads.
This isn’t the first window that Rojo has been touted for departure with the summer itself seeing a move to Everton falling apart.
This time, however, United may be more accepting of offers with the Argentinian’s weekly wages potentially the only factor posing a possible hindrance.
Further still, the club may also be banking on the economic side of letting Rojo go. As an added benefit, thinning the possible lot of defenders at Old Trafford is likely to clear the way for the inclusion of ever more academy graduates. This is a trend that has been immensely rewarding so far this campaign.
It will be interesting to see if this stand-by status of the player will hasten the possibility of a move.
Interestingly, recent reports had also claimed other interest for the player, albeit one that could only be realized at the end of this campaign. Will Rojo be a United player until then?