The possibility of sending Marcos Rojo back to former club Sporting has been explored as part of a potential Bruno Fernandes deal.
The Times reports: “Sporting are however unwilling to match Rojo’s present £8.3 million salary.”
The good news is that this is not deadline day, and there is still time for United to negotiate a deal without Rojo.
It should really be straightforward for United to meet Sporting’s £60 million asking price without a swap deal and there are plenty of ways around this little hitch.
But it’s an example of how bad decisions at United in the past are proving costly to the club’s plans.
Bad business comes back twice as hard
An annual salary of £8.3 million breaks down at £160,000 per week, with Rojo one of United’s highest earners.
The decision to extend his contract came in 2018, the same year United made a terrible decision to sign Alexis Sanchez to a deal of £400,000 per week – which The Mail report the club are still paying 75 per cent of while he is at Inter.
United are trying to move on from this spree of excess spending, but the decisions from the past are still catching up with Ed Woodward.
There was no reason to hand Rojo a pay rise at the time. Many questioned whether he was even worth a new contract at all. The increase was probably a knock-on effect from the Sanchez deal.
Now as United attempt to offload Rojo into the Fernandes move, his high wages are proving problematic.
It is not so easy to move on from terrible contracts, and Rojo’s runs until June 2021.
The Argentine has done well this season when he has played, but the 29-year-old’s terrible injury record has meant he has only featured in three Premier League matches for just 122 minutes of action.
How much might Fernandes earn?
United have the financial power to offer Fernandes a huge deal. But the board have to be sensible.
Cutting down on the wage bill has to be a priority for United and Fernandes will be moving to the club for opportunity, not money.
The Sun report Fernandes could sign a five-year deal for just £100,000 per week. This would be remarkably good business for United.
Perhaps lessons are finally being learned. But lets see him actually sign first before we give the board any real praise.
As it stands, a terrible contract extension made by the club in 2018 is proving restrictive to the one transfer deal the club need to make in 2020.
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