Sporting Lisbon president Bruno de Carvalho has revealed that Marcos Rojo is facing disciplinary because of unprofessionalism, amid interest from Manchester United.
This has been reported by the Manchester Evening News, who have suggested that the Red Devils are closing in on a £16 million deal to bring the centre-half to Old Trafford in this transfer window.
It appears, however, that De Carvalho is frustrated with Rojo over the player's attempts to force through a move to the Theatre of Dreams. The Sporting president has also revealed that Rojo's teammate - Islam Slimani - is also facing action.
Speaking to Sporting TV, he said: “They are subject to disciplinary action, but they are not in the ‘B’ Team.
“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.”
It remains to be seen as to whether Manchester United can tie up a deal for the 24-year-old in the coming weeks, but it certainly looks unlikely that he will remain in Portugal, despite the Sporting president going on to say that the player could still see out the rest of his three-year deal with the club.
Manchester United fans will certainly be hoping the club can add to their defensive options ahead of the 2014/15 Premier League campaign. After losing the likes of Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand at the end of the season, new boss Louis van Gaal has a lack of options in his back-line.
The Red Devils have the likes of Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling competing for places in the back-line, whilst young duo Michael Keane and Tyler Blackett will be hoping to make the step up into the first-team next term.
Van Gaal will, though, be hoping to add experience to his back-line, with just a few weeks left of this summer's transfer window. Rojo, who starred for Argentina at the World Cup, would prove a fine coup for United, as he could play a key role in United's back-three. £16m would prove good value for money for United, with the defender yet to reach his prime.
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