Everton’s desperation to sign a centrehalf with Premier League experience is now assuming farcical proportions.
It appears Marcel Brands top target for the centreback position was Yerry Mina, and with the Colombian’s lack of appetite for a ‘project’, now the Blues are into their fallback plan and it’s not looking good.
The Toffees have been continuously linked with players who have failed to make the grade at the top six, and especially with the working relationship with Manchester United more Red Devils in recent years. And now for the central defender it’s not even the somewhat serviceable Phil Jones or relatively relevant Chris Smalling that the Blues are being linked to, but the injury prone Marcos Rojo, per the reliable Manchester Evening News.
Since joining United in 2014, the Argentine has featured in 26, 28, 41 and 12 games each season at both the centreback and leftback positions. He remains marginally useful, but certainly not the kind of world-class player the Blues need at the position considering how terrible the backline has looked in Marco Silva’s high press.
The new Everton manager has previous experience with Rojo too, having coached him at Sporting Lisbon when the player switched to Manchester. The 28-year-old is on a current that expires in 2021 with United expecting to sell for up to £30m.
A move for Rojo seems out of character for Marcel Brands, and might be driven by desperation but surely there’s better out there when Alfie Mawson just joined Fulham for peanuts and Ben Gibson also is available. Questionable at his best, it’s hard to see Everton getting faster and more skillful in the back with the addition of the Argentine.