Marcos Rojo is looking less like a part of Manchester United’s plans with every passing week.
The Argentine has had a nightmare with injury this season and has not been fit to feature once under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Even if he were to be passed fit tomorrow, he would be fifth choice behind Victor Lindelöf, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.
Jones signed a new contract at United on Friday, following Smalling’s new deal which he penned in December.
United are expected to sign a new centre-back in the summer, meaning there is little room for Rojo, especially with Axel Tuanzebe set to return from his loan at Aston Villa.
Solskjaer told the Manchester Evening News last week that Rojo is back doing light training, so while he could feature yet this season, it’s just hard to see him fitting into the club’s future plans.
Not so easy to get rid of?
There are two issues clouding Rojo’s future. The first is his fitness, which he must resolve if he is to clinch a move elsewhere.
The biggest obstacle to selling Rojo is the fact he signed a new contract just last summer.
The £16 million signing from Sporting Lisbon penned a new deal which takes him up until 2021 at Old Trafford.
Total Sportek report Rojo earns £80,000 per week at United – more than Victor Lindelöf (£75,000).
If United are to make space for new signings, they need to get players like Rojo off the wage bill.
It won’t be easy to do so, unless Rojo can find a new club elsewhere willing to match his current salary.
The new contract last summer does not look like a smart move, and with new deals since for Jones and Smalling, Rojo appears no longer to be a priority.
Solskjaer might end up playing him towards the end of the season simply to put the Argentine in the shop window.