Manchester United’s protracted transfer for Sporting Lisbon’s Argentine international, Marcos Rojo appears to be closer after The Red Devils agreed to include Nani in the €20 million deal.
The recruitment drive at Old Trafford has turned up a notch following defeat to Swansea on the opening day and while an enormous deal for Ángel Di María is being discussed, the transfer of his Argentina colleague, Marcos Rojo is now a step closer.
United’s initial €20 million bid which was rejected by Sporting Lisbon and which prompted Rojo to effectively go on strike as well as anger Doyen Sports, the third-party sports management group may now have been accepted. The inclusion of Portuguese winger, Nani on a season long loan has sweetened the deal for Sporting and could see it completed sooner rather than later.
United would still be covering nearly all of Nani’s wages and so it would be a considerable coup for Sporting to have Nani back in Lisbon and at such a minimal cost.
Since refusing to train, Rojo has apologised for his behaviour, “It was all a misunderstanding, I was a hothead. I’m sorry for what happened because I feel that I was unprofessional.
“I want to tell the people that I didn’t behave correctly, but I’m am very fond of this club. They are the ones that will decide my career, and I hope it will be the best both for me and the club. But I want to stress that I’m very happy at the club, and I like the way I’m treated and the care they give me.”
Apologies aside, after his actions and the legal dispute with Doyen, the transfer appears much closer.
While Sporting and president, Bruno de Carvalho might be frustrated to lose Rojo it would appear that this is an inevitability and the nature of the deal means that they are never likely to get much money from the transfer.
The €20 million offer will effectively see Sporting receive nothing financially, as 20% is owed to Rojo’s former club, Spartak Moscow and 75% of the fee goes to Doyen.
This was the reason that Sporting were reluctant to accept any offer in this region but now with the added incentive of getting Nani, de Carvalho is willing do business.
Louis van Gaal will be delighted if Manchester United can complete this deal as Nani is obviously seen as dispensable and the defence against Swansea had a very make-shift look to it. Rojo’s ability to play as a centre back in van Gaal’s 3-5-2 system or as a left back has made him another priority for United.