Latest victim of Mourinho’s future plan, Man United defender set for lone move
La Liga side Villarreal are showing firm interest on Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, according to media reports in Spain.
The Argentina defender was brought to Old Trafford by former manager Louis van Gaal in 2014 but since then has really struggled to adapt to the pace of the Premier League and is now said to have been deemed surplus to requirements by new boss, Jose Mourinho.
According to a report published in Spanish daily Marca, he is now a potential target for the La Liga side.
Villarreal continued their impressive rise from relegation to the Spanish second division in 2011 as they finished fourth to secure the Champions League qualification last season.
And boss Marcelino believes Rojo’s big-game experience will be an excellent addition to his squad as they prepare to compete in European football’s elite competition.
The 26-year-old left-sided central defender was part of the Argentina team which finished as runners up to Chile in this summer’s Copa America Centenario.
The Argentina international is one of the players Jose Mourinho may consider offers for following the arrival of Eric Bailly from Villarreal plus return to fitness of Luke Shaw.
Villarreal also face bids from AC Milan for defender Mateo Musacchio and have earmarked Rojo as an option if he can fit into their wage structure.
He started just 15 Premier League games last term as United missed out on the Champions League.
It was a season disrupted by a shoulder injury picked up against Watford in December which saw Rojo miss almost three months, but did return to play in the season’s closing months and started the FA Cup final win over Crystal Palace.
The 26-year-old moved to Europe with Spartak Moscow from Argentine club Estudiantes in 2011 before a £3.5m switch Sporting a year later.
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