Manchester United have continued talks with Sporting Lisbon’s Marcos Rojo and are closing in on a deal to bring the Argentinian defender to Old Trafford, according to Manchester Evening News and Sky Sports.
Rojo, 24, is at the centre of some complicated negotiations due to confrontations over his ownership issues with Doyen Sports who own 75% of his rights but United have continued to pursue him.
As United are unwilling to raise their offer of £16m for Rojo, there have been reports from Portugal that Anderson could join Sporting on loan as part of the deal, something which would suit Louis van Gaal as Anderson is considered surplus to requirements.
Rojo only emerged as a target for United in the past week so there has been a swift chain of events which has led to the current situation but with so little time left in the transfer window, movement is expected to be swift for the Argentinian defender.
Later this evening, Rojo will give an exclusive interview with Sporting’s official club channel where he is expected to shed some light on his future and we will bring you the latest updates when they happen.
UPDATE: Rojo has apologised to Sporting TV for his ‘hot-headedness’ and will return to training tomorrow.
” I was hot-headed and I’m sorry. I’ll be back with the rest of the [Sporting] squad tomorrow.
“News of the assault [on Sporting President] are false. I love the club, the fans and my teammates. My career depends on Sporting.”
As Rojo indicates, his future solely depends on Sporting which means so long as their valuation is met, the Argentinian will leave and reports tonight suggest United will do just that.