Back in March, Manchester United were linked with a possible move for defender Marcos Rojo, making it a hat-trick of Sporting Lisbon players tipped for Old Trafford following stories about both William Carvalho and Carlos Mane.
And now fresh reports in Portugal claim David Moyes remains keen on the 24-year-old, with O Jogo reporting that United will “have to rebuild almost their entire defence” and Rojo is an option in said project.
With Nemanja Vidic leaving for Inter Milan, and both Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra approaching the end of their current contracts, the latest claim may not be too far off the mark. After all, that is three-quarters of United’s first-choice back four.
And while the likes of Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling will all be hoping to get the nod next season, Rojo offers a number of options.
While he is predominantly a centre-back, he is also comfortable operating as a left-sided full-back, which would no doubt appeal to Moyes both with Evra’s future unclear and following his apparent failure to bring in Leighton Baines from Everton.
Southampton’s Luke Shaw remains linked, and there is no doubt Moyes would like a recognised left-back rather than a man who is merely comfortable filling in there, but Rojo could be viable option given his age and his apparently “affordable” release-clause, at least according to his agent.
The latest report claims United have been mightily impressed by Rojo’s performances, and given that they are said to have scouted up to 15 Sporting matches already this season, they have had plenty of opportunities to watch him in action.
The only question now is which of the Portuguese-based players, if any, Moyes moves for this summer.