One of the intrigues, rumours and last-minute twists and turns of the transfer window that recently closed involved one of Manchester United defenders in the form of Marcos Rojo.
When the news of United’s interest in Monaco’s Anthony Martial filtered in, it was accompanied by another report of Rojo being included in the deal to make it a player-plus-cash transfer. But when Martial finally signed for the Red Devils, making him the most expensive teenager in world football, nothing was heard of the Rojo story again.
However, the Daily Star is exclusively revealing that the Argentinian defender rebuffed the chance to move to Monaco as part of the Martial deal. The French outfit were also interested in taking Javier Hernandez as part of the deal, but the Mexican forward joined Bayer Leverkusen instead.
United boss Louis van Gaal had been looking to get rid of Rojo, having grown frustrated with the left-footed defender because he failed to turn up in time for the club’s pre-season tour of the United States in the summer.
The report also claimed La Liga side Valencia and French outfit Olympique Marseille made inquiries about the availability of Rojo, but the defender is determined to stay and prove his abilities to the United tactician. Rojo has yet to feature in all of the Mancunian Red’s games this season, with van Gaal preferring Daley Blind as Chris Smalling’s centre-back partner.
Rojo, 25, will now be looking to hold crunch talks with the Dutch manager after the international break, as he seeks to address his situation at the club.
The no-nonsense defender joined Manchester United last summer from Sporting Lisbon for a reported £16m, having spent two years at the Portuguese Primeira Liga side.