Marcos Rojo has been told he can leave Manchester United today – with Everton keen on signing the defender.
With the £80million arrival of Harry Maguire, United now have seven centre-backs in their squad, with Rojo deemed surplus to requirements.
Everton looked at buying Rojo a year ago, but a deal never materialised, but there is now a genuine prospect of the 29-year-old heading to Goodison Park on deadline day.
But Everton are understood to be keen on an initial loan deal, with reservations over a permanent switch given Rojo’s injury history, while United favour a straight sale.
United bought Rojo from Sporting Lisbon for £16m in 2014 and are looking to recoup that figure, although there is a recognition they are likely to have to accept slightly less, given his age and injury record.
With Eric Bailly injured and out until Christmas, Rojo has become the central defender to make way following Maguire’s arrival.
Matteo Darmian has also been told he can leave, although with him favouring a switch to his native Italy, United have until September 2, when the window closes there, to negotiate his departure.
Meanwhile, Chelsea defender Fikayo Tpmori is also on Everton’s list as Marco Silva eyes a new defender.
The Toffees are still in talks with Crystal Palace after Wilfried Zaha handed in a transfer request at the Eagles, but the fee and schedule of payments remain an issue.
Alternatives if they cannot seal a deal include Steven Bergwijn from PSV.