Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 19
Mail Sport Online confirmed news of Marcos Rojo's move to Manchester United:
Nani joins Sporting Lisbon, and the club confirm Rojo's going the other way pic.twitter.com/N1uOA4M7m4— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) August 19, 2014
From the fee they receive for Marcos Rojo, Sporting Lisbon say they're going to spend £7.2m of it on their Pavilion #mufc— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) August 19, 2014
Earlier, Rojo was quoted speaking of his dream move.
Rojo told ARG Radio, per A Bola (h/t 101 Great Goals):
It feels like a dream, to be a Manchester United player. Leaving Sporting wasn’t easy.
Rob Dawson of the Manchester Evening News has more details on the anticipated deal:
Marcos Rojo's camp expecting move to United to be completed soon. Issue between Sporting and Doyen won't get in the way. Fee around €22m.— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonMEN) August 19, 2014
Updates from Monday, Aug. 18
Marcos Rojo's move to Manchester United appears to be progressing after Sunday Times and Goal.com journalist Duncan Castles reported a fee had been agreed on Monday.
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 17
Marcos Rojo commented on his status with the Sporting squad (via EPL Stuff):
Marcos Rojo (live on Sporting TV now): "I was hot-headed and I'm sorry. I'll be back with the rest of the Sporting squad tomorrow."— EPL Stuff (@EPLStuff) August 17, 2014
Meanwhile Ian Ladyman of The Daily Mail reported on Manchester United's negotiations for Rojo:
Manchester United have held discussions with Sporting Lisbon about including Nani as a makeweight in their attempt to finally land Argentina defender Marcos Rojo.
After a row between Rojo’s agent and Sporting earlier this week, United are prepared to offload Nani on loan in return and pay most of his wages.
One sticking point of the deal, however, is that 27-year-old winger Nani is reluctant to return to his former club in Portugal.
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14
Sporting have released an official statement announcing their annoyance at Doyen Sports, the investment fund that is reportedly attempting to force Marcos Rojo's move to Manchester United.
BBC Sport report Manchester United is attempting to resolve the situation:
Sporting have rejected United's £15.9million bid for the 24-year-old.
A complicated contractual situation may turn into a legal row, with Rojo's advisors threating action.
But with the start of the Premier League season approaching, United are attempting to resolve the issue through negotiation.
According to Wednesday's update from Duncan Castles, Doyen stands to profit handsomely from the Rojo transfer, but Sporting are launching a fierce resistance, per Manchester Evening News' Rob Dawson:
Statement says Sporting unhappy with Doyen for trying to force through move for Rojo. Suggests they have no intention of letting him leave.— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonMEN) August 14, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 13
Marcos Rojo will be disciplined and dropped by Sporting, who have warned the player his refusal to train could delay any potential move to Manchester United.
David Lynch of Manchester Evening News reports on quotes given by president Bruno de Carvalho to Sporting TV, who was unhappy with the behaviour of both Rojo and Islam Slimani:
Both players took decisions that have provoked strong, internal disciplinary action. A general note: Any player who does not follow the rules of the club, these two or any others, they can do what they want, but it only complicates the issue.
Don’t use the press, be professionals. These players are subject to strong disciplinary measures.
They can’t play on Saturday, if they want they can watch the game at home.
We’ll see, it could delay things a lot, it could drag things out a lot, but on Saturday it will not be resolved.
Duncan Castles of One World Sports reports that the financial ownership of Rojo's playing rights work strongly in United's favour. According to Castles, if Sporting reject the reported ¢20 million offer, they will cost themselves a fortune:
The 24-year-old's “economic rights” are 75 percent owned by an investment fund, Doyen Sports, who while not directly entitled to enforce the player's sale have structured their ownership in a manner that allows them significant influence over a transfer.
According to a source close to the deal, should Sporting refuse to sell to United for the €20m offered, the Portuguese club will be contractually bound to pay Doyen 75 percent of the value of the rejected bid. That €15m would have to be paid within a fortnight.
Sporting's Marcos Rojo has been rumoured to be on his way to the Premier League all through the summer of 2014, and it now looks like the Argentine international made a power move on Tuesday to force a transfer.
Manchester United reportedly made a £16 million offer for the left-back, and according to the Daily Express' Ben Jefferson, the Portuguese media claim Rojo responded by not showing up for a training session as he doesn't wish to pick up an injury prior to a move.
As shared by Sky Sports' Pete O'Rourke, he followed that up by handing in a transfer request:
Sky Sources: Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo has handed in a transfer request and says he wants to join Manchester United. #MUFC— Pete O'Rourke (@SkySportsPeteO) August 12, 2014
A centre-back by trade, Rojo has the versatility and physical requirements to play every position on the left side of a defensive formation, including left-back and centre-back in a 4-2-3-1 or a 3-5-2.
The 24-year-old is a polarising player. While some pundits love his versatility and praise him as an incredible asset, others feel like he isn't strong enough at one particular position to warrant a big transfer fee.
The Daily Mirror's Ed Malyon belongs to the latter group:
Marcos Rojo not good enough for Man United IMO. Best position is on left of a back three, rather than left-back as in WC, but still no.— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) August 12, 2014
Rojo played left-back at the 2014 World Cup and made a solid impression, but he has the physical make-up to be a more natural fit in the centre of a defence. With the Red Devils, he'd likely be a choice centre-back while serving as cover for a potential injury to Luke Shaw.
For The Independent's Joe Krishnan, the choice of who to sign is clear:
If you're Louis van Gaal, do you sign Daley Blind or Marcos Rojo? Surely a no-brainer...— Joe Krishnan (@joekrishnan) August 12, 2014
Sporting Lisbon have faced a bit of a financial crisis in the past few seasons, leading to the sales of players like Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Bruma. With Rojo forcing their hand, it seems unlikely the Portuguese club won't give in to his demands.
It's important to note the rights to the player are 75 percent owned by an investment group, per Jefferson, and while this group is reported to be interested in a move, it could complicate an agreement to an eventual transfer fee.
Southampton, Arsenal and Liverpool are also rumoured to be interested in the player, via Jefferson, but with his heart now set on the Red Devils, the Argentine is theirs to lose.