Back in July, the Daily Mail reported that Marco Silva was keen to bring Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo to Everton in a £30 million deal.
What went down?
Injuries and competition for places have seen Rojo fall down the pecking order at Old Trafford. So far this season, the 28-year-old has made just a handful of appearances, and has often been left out of the matchday squad all together.
A move away from United would likely be the best thing for Rojo at this stage in his career, and Everton represents an ideal destination for the 59-cap Argentina international. However, a switch to Goodison Park did not come to pass in the summer.
What might have been?
The Toffees did make defensive additions in the summer, with Kurt Zouma joining from Chelsea and Yerry Mina arriving from Barcelona. However, even more arrivals at the back would have been a good thing, especially with the likes of Phil Jagielka and Seamus Coleman clearly past their best.
Marco Silva was unsurprisingly keen on landing Rojo, given that the Argentine is a player he knows well. Rojo played under Silva during their shared time at Sporting Lisbon, before United signed the defender in 2014.
A reunion between Silva and Rojo on Merseyside would likely pay dividends for Everton, as the United man’s versatility and technical ability would quickly make him a key asset in their defensive contingent. The move would also have been the fresh start the centre-back needs to revive his stalling career.
What’s more, Everton would not be heading towards next summer with so much work needing done on their defence had they signed Rojo before the start of this season.