Playing Hardball on Deals May Not Be Best Strategy

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Playing Hardball on Deals May Not Be Best Strategy


Luckhurst, Samuel, Manchester Evening News


UNITED could command a £30m fee for Marcos Rojo. Yes, £30m for a defender last seen resembling a steward vainly attempting to stop a pitch invader as Kylian Mbappe hared past him.

Rojo has played in 107 United matches out of a possible 223 across four seasons and suffered 16 separate injuries and bouts of illness. He was signed on the back of a World Cup and it has shown; in three of his four summers supporters have approved of a possible sale. In the other he was injured.

United's refusal to take hits on the wantaways and unwanteds has partially contributed to their relative transfer inactivity. Receiving a mere profit on Rojo would be a result, but United's inflated sense of their players' worth is reflective of the market in this post-Neymar climate.

Rojo cost £16m in 2014 and a £30m valuation is not necessarily excessive for a player tied to the club until 2021, even given his brittleness and often poor defending. Matteo Darmian, a defender who has failed to impress, was signed by United for a frugal fee (£12.7m) in 2015 and the club is reputedly demanding €20m - around £17.7m.

The Reds could rake in us much as £18m from Ajax for Daley Blind, who had entered the last year of his contract following a campaign in which he started four games. Morgan Schneiderlin had not played for United for almost two months by the time Everton gave them £22m - rising to £24m - in January last year. Memphis Depay's last United start was in September prior to his £16.3m switch to Lyon in the same month as Schneiderlin.

Sam Johnstone, 25 and a goalkeeper who never played for the first-team, moved this month for an initial £6.5m, rising up to £10m. Take the £20.6m already cashed from Blind and Johnstone and it feels perverse that United are even haggling over Toby Alderweireld. A minimum £20m for Rojo would provide them with the bulk of the cash to sign the 29-year-old Tottenham defender.

United are unlikely to be in as much of a rush with Darmian, particularly since the Italian window closes on August 17. …

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