There were plenty of reasons to be embarrassed with how Manchester United conducted themselves in the transfer window last summer but the circus-like pursuit of Ander Herrera was the icing on the cake.
A lack of preparation, undervalued bids and imposters posing as agents summed up United’s amateur attempts to sign Herrera that ultimately failed. It was a messy affair that left a bad taste in the mouth and United are at risk of repeating the same shortcomings in their pursuit of Sporting Lisbon’s Marcos Rojo.
Sporting are currently at loggerheads with Doyen Sports who own 75% of Rojo’s rights and there is a dispute, which is close to becoming a legal row, about his future.
Sport Witness have detailed the current situation on Rojo and for United, it leaves us between a rock and a hard place.
BBC have reported United’s €15.9 billion for the 24-year-old has been rejected by Sporting and his uncertain future has now become the focal point of a potential legal battle.
United’s transfers have been far from straight forward in recent times. Even this year, Athletic Bilbao played hard ball with Herrera before a deal was finally completed and Southampton rejected multiple United bids for Luke Shaw before he joined. Rojo looks set to follow suit.
Signing players is complicated enough when there isn’t a legal battle going on over his ownership and with just 16 days left in the transfer window, United find themselves in a time consuming three way tug of war over him, something which could work against us with such little time left in the window.