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Monday 17 December 2018

Everton aim to lure Rojo to Goodison

INTEREST: Marcos Rojo. Photo: Getty Images
INTEREST: Marcos Rojo. Photo: Getty Images

Everton have expressed an interest in Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo but his wage demands could derail the deal.

United manager Jose Mourinho wants to make room in his squad for a new centre-back and Rojo has been told he can leave, despite only signing a new contract in March.

The Argentine has not linked up with the rest of the United squad in the United States even though his country were knocked out of the World Cup in the last 16 more than three weeks ago. United would be willing to sell a player they bought for £16million from Sporting Lisbon four years ago if they receive a bid in excess of £20million.

However, Rojo earns more than £120,000-a-week and would be reluctant to take a cut.

Wolverhampton Wanderers also briefly showed an interest in the 28-year-old but were told he was not interested in joining the newly-promoted Premier League club.

Meanwhile, Lucas Digne has passed his Everton medical to finalise his £18m move from Barcelona.

The 25-year-old was at the Pall Mall Medical facility in Newton-le-Willows yesterday and then travelled to Finch Farm to complete tests.

Digne landed back in Barcelona on Monday after being given permission to leave the club's US pre-season training camp in order to complete his switch to Goodison. The deal to take him from the Spanish giants includes add-ons which could take the eventual fee to over £20m.

Digne will become Everton's second signing of the summer after the £40m arrival of Richarlison from Watford.

The Blues, under new boss Marco Silva, are also trying to sign Yerry Mina from Barca and are keen on adding a central midfielder and forward to the squad before next week's deadline.

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