United: Nani out, Rojo inJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Manchester United have finally reached an agreement with Sporting Lisbon to sign Argentinian defender Marcos Rojo.
The deal, which is said to be worth £16 million, is only conditional, pending a medical check which Rojo must complete. It has also been confirmed that Nani, who moved to United from Lisbon seven years ago, is returning on loan.
Left-sided defended Rojo, at just 24, played in six games for Argentina in Brazil this summer, helping them to secure their place in the World Cup final.
Rojo made headlines last week when he refused to train, as he was at the time frustrated over Sporting’s reluctance to allow him his ‘dream’ move to Man United. He later apologised and clearly, pending his medical checks, his dream is now proving a reality.
A Manchester United spokesperson commented on the transfer over the club’s Twitter page, saying, “A further announcement will be made when the process is complete.”
In addition to the £16 million payment, United will also pay the Portuguese team 20% of any future sell-on fee for Rojo, so long as it exceeds £18.4 million.
United have been on the lookout for a central defender for the new season to replace Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, both of whom left the club this summer. Rojo was one of the stars of the World Cup and his resourceful playing will make him a good match for Louis van Gaal’s new Man United team.
Nani, who has won 78 caps playing for the Portuguese national team, is believed to only have re-joined Sporting on loan for the one season, but details have yet to be released by either club. It is expected that the loan will be free of charge to Sporting as part of United’s bid for Rojo.
Many United fans are pleased to see the end of Nani’s stint at the club, which has been inconsistent at best. Several have taken to Twitter to voice their opinions:
Nani, feet of a footballing god, brain like a wet cake. Good luck at Sporting
— Paul O’Farrell (@paulofarrell) August 19, 2014
Heading the off license, celebrating Nani’s departure #ShaMoan
— Dave (@JustDave87) August 19, 2014
The deal comes as part of van Gaal’s attempts to rescue United from another disaster like last season, especially in the wake of their poor performance against Swansea at the weekend.