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Manchester United to consider paying Marcos Rojo to leave the club before the expiry of his current contract – reports

Manchester United are reportedly ready to pay Argentinian central defender Marcus Rojo to leave the Old Trafford club. It is suggested that the 29-year-old, who earns £130,000 each week is subject to talks in order to release him from his contract two years early. The arrival of Harry Maguire seems to have ended his United career.

Rojo signed a new contract with the club around 18 months ago, which would have kept him at the Theatre of Dreams until the summer of 2021, although there was also the option of a further year to be added. Since that contract was signed, Jose Mourinho was sacked and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived and it was clear Rojo does not fit the bill.

On transfer deadline day in England just over a week ago, it was reported that Everton were seeking to sign the Argentinian international but the deal fell though as it became too expensive. Rojo has been linked to Fenerbahce, although it not coming from a credible source in Turkey. United have no other option but to pay the player to leave.

It has been reported by The Mirror that United plans to strike a deal with Rojo in order to release him from his contract, although if he stayed at United for the next two years, he would earn £13.5 million. He could earn a considerable amount of that by agreeing to leave then finding another club to play for, possibly in his native Argentina, who knows.

It was suggested that Rojo was not best pleased when his loan deal with Everton fell through. It has also been suggested that the 29-year-old could also seal a loan deal to a club in France, Spain or Italy as their transfer window closes on the 2 September 2019, meaning there is still a lot of time to get something sorted. However, United might be better to get the player off their books completely.

It has been suggested that Solskjaer will utilise both Victor Lindelof and Harry Magure as the first choice central defensive partnership with Chris Smalling as the rotational player to replace either of the pair. The Norwegian also has the likes of Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones to fit in with Eric Bailly on the sidelines through injury.

Fenerbahce seeking to sign Manchester United defender on loan before the ​transfer window deadline

Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo is reportedly in talks with Turkish club Fenerbahce for a loan spell with the club. The 29-year-old is a player that United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to offload after his move to Everton broke down on deadline day. Turkish newspaper, Posta has reported the news, via Sport Witness.

The Turkish club signed Huddersfield Town defender Mathias Zanka last week with the club looking for another central defender. It was suggested that Fenerbahce was interested in signing Roma defender Aleksandar Kolarov as he could play as both a left-back and a central defender but the Italian club did not want to let him leave, hence the interest in Rojo.

Rojo still has two-years remaining on his contract, plus the option of a further year and instead of him having next to no playing time this season, the club would rather get him off the wage bill, on loan, at least until the next transfer window, whether it be in January or next summer, where Solskjaer will be seeking to sell the Argentinian once again.

The transfer window in Turkey does not close until the 2 September 2019, giving around three weeks before the closure of the window to get something sorted. Obviously, Rojo will want to be playing football regularly, which is something he may not get at United, even playing as an overage player in the U23 squad.

With the arrival of Harry Maguire this summer, Rojo’s minutes on the pitch will have been decreased considerably, even with the fact that Eric Bailly is out of action until Christmas because of a knee injury. Axel Tuanzebe will have also taken minutes off Rojo with his performances in pre-season and the fact Solskjaer wanted him to stay this summer.

It basically suggests that Rojo has, in effect, no future at the club. United have many central defenders at the club this season with Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling also, giving Solskjaer many players to choose from. Of course, Maguire and Lindelof were partners against Chelsea with Tuanzebe on the bench.

Even at left-back, which is a position Rojo has played many times, he does not seem to fit in as Luke Shaw seems to be the first choice in the position with Ashley Young and Diogo Dalot both able to play in that position and both seemingly ahead of Rojo in the pecking order. Solskjaer will probably see younger players ahead of Rojo in the pecking order.

Last season, Rojo made just six appearances for United; three under Jose Mourinho, starting twice and that under Solskjaer, starting once. He played a total of 256 minutes out of a possible 540 minutes. It was clear that he was a player who had lost his stature at the club. He did miss 20 matches through injury last season though.

Solskjaer obviously does not see a player like Rojo in his plans in which he wants to bring in younger players, preferably British players, to return the club to the glory days of old. It is very refreshing to see although getting rid of these players will be the tough option with them on good contracts with a high rate of pay each week.

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