Manchester United desperate to recoup £16m fee for misfit as Bundesliga outfit plan swoop

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Bayer Leverkusen are reportedly keen on signing Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, but the Red Devils want to recoup as much of his £16m fee as possible.

The 26-year-old has fought his way back into Jose Mourinho’s plans in recent weeks due to injuries and a loss of form elsewhere in the squad which suggests he could have a future at Old Trafford.

However, according to The Daily Mail, it doesn’t appear as though it will last as the versatile Argentine international will be sold with United hoping to get as close to receiving the £16m that they paid to sign him from Sporting Lisbon in 2014 as possible.

As noted in the report, Rojo had been expected to leave the club this past summer, but to his credit he has continued to work hard and earn the trust of Mourinho to play in recent games.

Nevertheless, with Eric Bailly to return from injury later this month and with the United boss expected to continue to stamp his mark on the squad with new signings in January, opportunities could become more and more scarce for Rojo.

Leverkusen have history of signing out-of-favour United stars with their purchase of Javier Hernandez last year, and from their perspective, they’ll be hoping to make a similar deal and see Rojo flourish in the Bundesliga just as their Mexican striker has done.

It will be interesting to see how the situation plays out though, as with Bailly away for the African Cup of Nations in January, United will likely try and find a new defensive ace first before giving the green light to allow Rojo to leave, as per the Mail.

The 26-year-old has made 43 Premier League appearances for United, but it remains to be seen how many more he is able to add to that tally before being shown the door in Manchester.

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