Southampton hope to sign Marcos Rojo

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Southampton are keen on Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo to replace the departed Luke Shaw.

According to The Express, new Saints boss Ronald Koeman has eyed up Argentina's World Cup defender and is willing to pay up to £12 million for his services.

With Shaw having already left for Manchester United and Dejan Lovren's move to Liverpool looking increasingly more likely, Southampton need to bring in defensive reinforcements and Rojo could by just the man.


However, Rojo is far too good for Southampton to be able to sign him without having to fight off competition from a number of Premier League clubs, including some of the Premier League's best.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United have all been linked with a move for the versatile defender this summer, while Italian champions Juventus were said to be keen on a deal before they signed Patrice Evra.

Southampton do have money to spend though, having made nearly £60million on the sales of Shaw, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert, with Lovren likely to bank them somewhere in the region of £20million should he make the move to Anfield.

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Ronald's rebuilding

Koeman has moved quickly to replace the departed St Mary's stars, with striker Graziano Pelle and midfielder Dusan Tadic hoping they fill the void of Lambert's goals and Lallana's creativity respectively.

However, it's at the back where Saints face the most damage this season.

Last year they kept 15 clean sheets in 38 Premier League games, but should Lovren join Shaw in leaving, the team would have lost half of the first choice back four.

That's prompted Koeman to look at the versatile Rojo, who's equally adept filling in the centre of defence as well as patrolling the flank from the left back position.

With Calum Chambers having interested Arsenal and Cardiff reportedly bidding for Jose Fonte, former Holland and Barcelona defender Koeman could find himself having to build a whole new defence for his new club.

Rojo's credentials

Should that be the case, the signing of Rojo would be an impressive start for the south coast club.

The 24-year-old has had two excellent seasons with Sporting Lisbon and was a key part of the team that finished second in the Primeira Liga last season.

That form helped him establish himself as Argentina's first choice left back heading into the World Cup in Brazil.

Rojo would start all but one of his countries games at the tournament, impressing alongside world stars such as Pablo Zabaleta and Ezequiel Garay in the Argentina defence.

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