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Marcos Rojo could have the choice of four teams with Everton, PSG, Zenit, and Marseille all interested this summer

Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo is a wanted man this summer. Earlier this week, it was reported that the Argentinian international was a target for Everton manager Marco Silva this summer, which then livened up the summer transfer window with supporters and journalists alike speculating that it could mean a new signing for United’s defence was only a matter of time away. United have been linked with many central defenders this summer with Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire, Yerry Mina all linked to the Old Trafford club.

Reports continue to suggest that United manager Jose Mourinho is seeking to sell the 28-year-old this summer, even after he signed a new contract in March. It is suggested that Everton may face a battle to sign Rojo with Paris Saint-Germain, Zenit St Petersburg, and Marseille all expressing an interest in the Argentinian defender. Rojo has spent four years at the Theatre of Dreams and would not be the supporters first choice to leave the club this summer with both Chris Smalling and Phil Jones failing to find the backing of a lot of supporters.

Everton may be the leading contender for Rojo’s signature this summer, applying logic as the player will not need to relocate his family and he would be reunited with former Sporting Lisbon manager Silva, who will be seeking to turn Everton into a top-four team this season, which was what was suggested of the Merseyside club last season after spending a lot of money, which really did not get them anywhere. Ashley Williams is set to leave the club this summer, leaving Silva with a place in his squad to fill, more importantly, a left-sided defender, of which Rojo fits the bill.

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Rojo has reportedly been told that he can leave the Old Trafford club this summer after falling behind both Jones and Smalling in the pecking order, also not playing any part in the clubs pre-season tour of the United States of America after being involved in the FIFA World Cup in Russia, also suffering from a knock from the tournament. United have already sold Daley Blind this summer, so if Rojo also leaves, Mourinho will have Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, and Chris Smalling as the experienced central defenders at the club.

In addition to the experienced members of the central defence, Mourinho could also call upon both Tim Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe if he needed to, both of them playing many minutes during the pre-season tour of the USA and Fosu-Mensah showing his abilities. If the pair does not get loaned out this summer, Mourinho could utilise them to rotate his team ensuring fatigue does not set in. Tuanzebe would benefit more from a loan spell, after his turbulent half-season at Aston Villa, where he played few matches in what could have been a great experience for him.

Obviously, Mourinho and United were seeking to add an experienced central defender to the squad this summer and with Alderweireld and Mina still linked, along with other names who have been linked before, the next six days could see a fourth signing added to Mourinho’s team this summer. With the lack of action from the club after signing Diogo Dalot, Fred, and Lee Grant earlier in the summer, it could suggest something is going down. However, that may not be the case. There could still be more departures this summer also, with Mourinho seemingly wanting to clear out some dead wood.

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