Everton’s deal for Marcos Rojo fell through because Manchester United were only willing to let him leave on a permanent basis, according to Dominic King, the North West football reporter for The Daily Mail.
The Toffees were looking to strengthen at centre-back – among other areas – going into transfer deadline day as signified by their pursuit of Rojo’s teammate Chris Smalling on loan, as reported by BBC Sport.
Rojo is said to have been left fuming about the deal collapsing, as reported by The Daily Mail.
Everton found themselves in need of a centre-back going into transfer deadline day, having released Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams, while also loaning out Matty Pennington to Hull City, as per the official Premier League website.
This leaves the Toffees with Mason Holgate and Lewis Gibson as the main back-up options for Michael Keane and Yerry Mina.
Meanwhile, United have seven centre-back options, as per Transfermarkt, with Rojo likely to be towards the bottom of the pecking order.
This is signified by the fact that he started just two Premier League games and came on as a substitute three times last season, as per WhoScored.
He showed in that limited time that he could have been of worth for Everton, as he averaged 1 tackle, 1.2 interceptions, 1.8 clearances and 0.4 blocks per game.
Marco Silva will likely be concerned about the lack of centre-back options in Everton’s squad, following what has been an otherwise effective transfer window for Everton.
Rojo would have been a good addition for the club, whether as a starter or back-up option, so there will be plenty of frustration that this deal hasn’t gone through.
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