Report: Everton to open talks over £18m Marcos Rojo swoop, Wolves also said keen

(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Marco Silva of Everton speaks to the media during the Everton press conference at USM Finch Farm on November 9, 2018 in Halewood, England.

Manchester United will reportedly let Marcos Rojo leave the club, with Premier League duo Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers circling

Argentina's Marcos Rojo ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 football match against France at Kazan Arena Stadium. Team France won the game 4:3. Sergei Savostyanov

Marcos Rojo only signed a new long-term contract with Manchester United in May, but that appears to count for very little now.

According to The Metro, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is hoping to embark on a defensive overhaul that is, quite frankly, long overdue at Old Trafford. And Argentina international Rojo looks ripe for the chop after failing to make a Premier League appearance this season, albeit due in part to a knee injury.

The report states that Mourinho will let the former Sporting Lisbon man leave – and it is understood that Everton have now initiated talks with just weeks to go until the January transfer window opens.

 

The Toffees are apparently pessimistic about their hopes of keeping Kurt Zouma beyond his initial loan spell from Chelsea, while 36-year-old Phil Jagielka is in the final few months of his contract, making Rojo a viable long-term option.

The Metro reports that he would cost around £18 million, slightly more than United paid Sporting Lisbon after Rojo helped Argentina reach the final of the 2014 World Cup.

Diego Costa of Chelsea is tackled by Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling of Manchester United during The Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford...

Wolverhampton Wanderers, who were keen on Rojo in the summer, could reportedly rival Everton for his signature too with the experienced defender looking like a perfect fit for Nuno Espirito Santo’s three man backline. He has also played at left-wing back in the past.

The Telegraph, however, claimed that Rojo rejected a move to Molineux in July.

Yannick Bolasie of Everton is challenged by Marcos Rojo of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park on January 1, 2018 in...

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