Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo is on his way to Manchester United in a £16million move, according to reports emanating from Argentina. The deal will see Portuguese international Nani move in the opposite direction.
Rojo will be in England tomorrow night to have a medical before signing a four-year contract with an optional fifth year.
Nani will make his way to Lisbon tomorrow or Wednesday in order to complete what will be a season-long loan. The 27-year-old winger will be returning to the club where he started his professional career. He previously suited up for the Verde-e-Brancos from 2005-2007, making 58 appearances and scoring nine goals.
The winger has had an up-and-down career with Manchester United; the height being the 2010-11 campaign which saw him named the club’s Player of the Year and a member of the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.
United had an initial bid for Rojo rejected last week, but have used the Portugal international to sweeten the deal.
MUTV commented on the likelihood of the transfer happening earlier on Monday and it appears the deal will be made final once the players pass their medicals.
After a week which saw him refuse to train with his squad, Rojo apologized to Sporting and their supporters last night on the club’s television channel. The young defender vowed to return to training today. But it appears that apology may have been part of the process which has seen the 24-year-old complete his move to the Premier League.
“I was hot-headed and I’m sorry,” Rojo said last night. “I’ll be back with the rest of the squad tomorrow. Sporting signed me when I was not at my best and gave me the opportunity to play for a big club in Europe.
“I would like to thank the trust they had in me and I will resume training on Monday.”
Rojo began his career at the age of ten when he joined Estudiantes de La Plata. He spent eleven years with the Argentina side, winning the Copa Libertadores and Argentine Primera Division, before moving to Spartak Moscow in December 2010.
The defender made limited time of his stay in Russia before moving to Sporting Lisbon in July 2012. Since then he has made 49 appearances for the legendary Portuguese club, while scoring five goals.
Rojo has also been a member of the Argentina national team since 2011, making 28 appearances for La Albiceleste.