Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo is attempting to force a move to Manchester United.
What complicates Rojo's transfer to United is Sporting bickering with Doyen Sports, an investment company that owns a majority of the Argentine international's playing rights, per Duncan Castles at One World Sports:
[Rojo'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 €20/£16 million offered, the Portuguese club will be contractually bound to pay Doyen 75 percent of the value of the rejected bid.
That €15/£12 million would have to be paid within a fortnight.
Here is the twist: Sporting have terminated their agreement with Doyen Sports, per Sky Sports.
Rojo is athletic, can play two positions and would be a left-sided centre-back in a three-man defence at United.
In reaction to United's interest, Rojo has gone on strike and is refusing to train, per Sporting TV (h/t The Guardian).
Before people hate on Rojo, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Two years ago, he was a Spartak Moscow discard, so he has battled his way to the top.
He was imperssive at the FIFA World Cup. Rojo is now not only dreaming of donning the United shirt, the move would set his family up for life.
Understandably, Rojo is extremely resentful of Sporting right now.
Amid Rojo and Doyen Sports' legal dispute with Sporting, United need to consider alternative targets because this drama has just begun.