Jose Mourinho has been handed a blow in his bid to trim down Manchester United's squad after Marcos Rojo rejected the chance to join Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG.
According to Daily Record journalist Duncan Castles, the team coached by former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson made a move to sign the Argentinian after being informed of his availability.
Mourinho is hoping to offload as many as nine players before the transfer window closes with Rojo joining the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Daley Blind on the list of unwanted stars.
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However, Rojo appears reluctant to leave Old Trafford just two years after arriving from Sporting Lisbon and rejected the idea of swapping England for the Far East.
The Red Devils had been hoping to reclaim much of the £16million they originally paid to sign him in 2014 but after two unimpressive campaigns under Louis van Gaal, it seems highly unlikely they will.
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The situation is made worse by his wages. A pay slip, stolen by a cleaner, allegedly revealed the 26-year-old earns a ridiculous £200,000-a-week, possibly making him the highest-paid squad player in the world.
With three years remaining on that contract, Manchester United will have a tough time finding a club willing to pay both a hefty transfer fee as well as absorb his wages.
Jones to Hull
But Rojo may be granted a stay of execution by the Special One if Hull City firm up their interest in Phil Jones. The 24-year-old, who was once tipped to be the club's best ever player by Sir Alex Ferguson, has seen his career fall completely off the rails after a number of injuries.
While Mourinho would be reluctant to sell Jones, the chance to send him on loan to a Premier League club could benefit all parties. If he leaves, Rojo is likely to stay for at least another season.
By all accounts, Mourinho has been left seriously concerned with the quality of defenders currently at Manchester United with only Chris Smalling meeting his standards. Reports believe Mourinho is seeking an experienced defender before the season begins.
One report from ESPN says Mourinho is after a Nemanja Vidic-style defender. Considering the Serbian rose to become club captain, winning numerous titles during his time at Old Trafford, that comes as no surprise.
Southampton's Jose Fonte is on his shortlist and is joined by Zenit St Petersburg's Ezequiel Garay and Juventus star Leonardo Bonucci.
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