Manchester United are ready to listen to offers for defender Marcos Rojo as they plan the reinvigorate their squad ahead of next season, according to the Mirror.
Rojo only moved to Old Trafford in the summer of 2014, agreeing on a £16million deal from Sporting Lisbon in a deal that also saw Nani join the Portuguese outfit on loan.
However, the Argentine has failed to truly establish himself under Louis van Gaal and the powers that be believe they are better off trying to reclaim their original outlay and search for an upgrade.
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The report states that the decision will remain the same whether or not Van Gaal is in charge when the transfer window opens. The Dutchman has been widely tipped for the sack since January with Jose Mourinho his likely replacement.
Rojo has been a valuable asset to Van Gaal at times, filling in at both left-back and centre-back when needed. But amongst fans and pundits, he has been deemed a disappointment by the majority and the Red Devils will be lucky to get £16m for him.
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His departure will be part of a large rebuilding plan; something fans have grown accustomed to since Sir Alex Ferguson's departure in 2013. Manchester United want to replace several players in the squad and are hoping to generate some money by selling struggling stars like Rojo.
Returning to Argentina
Curiously, this report comes only days after Rojo expressed a desire to return to Argentina at some point in his career to re-join former club Estudiantes. The 26-year-old suggested he could make the move as early as 2019 when his contract at Old Trafford expires.
Rojo told TyC Sports: “I miss the club, my family and my friends. I want to return to Estudiantes once I finish my contract in England.”
However, United chiefs will not give Rojo that long in the Premier League and have already held talks with his representatives to notify them of their intentions.
While a replacement for Rojo will be high on the agenda, a new striker will be the priority. Their strikers have failed to inspire this season and a new world-class hitman will be essential if they are to challenge for honours.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has the profile to match Manchester United's ambitions and will bring the commercial power that Ed Woodward appears to prioritise over football. However, Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also something of a dream addition.
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