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Manchester United are looking to sell both Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero this month, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that the club will not extend either player’s contract.
Rojo and Romero, who came to Old Trafford in 2014 and 2015 respectively, are out of contract for the summer and will be able to leave as free agents if United does not sell them for a transfer fee before the end of the January transfer period. .
Neither has played for United this season and Solskjaer confirmed to the media in his pre-match conference before facing Watford in the FA Cup that the club wants both to find new teams.
“They both have contracts until the summer and they are not going to be extended,” explained the United manager, referring to the 12-month option that Old Trafford has for both players to extend until 2022 that will now not be used.
“We are looking for them to find clubs. Marcos has been given time to go home, so he is still in Argentina. Sergio has also returned home to see his family, but now he is back in England ”.
Solskjaer continued to praise the professionalism of the Argentine international veterans, who played in the 2014 World Cup final, and said they would be ready to play if United still needed them. But the chances of that happening are slim and only in an emergency scenario.
Somewhat annoyingly, United have discounted both players from a transfer before now.
Romero was wanted by Everton last summer, but United offered to pay an £ 8 million transfer fee rather than accept a loan package that effectively amounted to a £ 2 million transfer due to his contract expiring and the Toffees would have paid his salary.
Everton have also twice tried to sign Rojo in previous summers, and United is believed to have been waiting for a £ 30 million fee when the Toffees were interested in the player in 2018.
It was Rojo’s form at the 2014 World Cup that led United to sign him for around £ 16 million from Sporting CP. Used as a left and center back, he showed promise at times, but an injury ruined his first four years at Manchester and the club has moved on ever since.
Romero joined a free agent a year after his departure from Sampdoria. He had previously played on the Eredivisie title-winning team of Louis van Gaal at AZ and for a long time served as an admirable and reliable substitute for number one goalkeeper David de Gea.