Manchester United target Marcus Rojo is refusing to train for his current club in an attempt to force a transfer away, according to the Daily Express.
Sporting Lisbon’s president Bruno de Carvalho is reported to have told the club’s TV channel that the player is going to be “subject to strong disciplinary measures” and will not be featuring anytime soon for the Portuguese side.
This is the latest development in a story that involved the full back putting in a transfer request and telling Sporting that he wanted a transfer to United.
The 24-year-old was Argentina’s first choice left back during their World Cup campaign in Brazil that was ended in the final thanks to Mario Gotze’s sumptuous winner.
Growing in La Plata, the capital city of the Province of Buenos Aires, the Argentine started his career for local side Estudiantes de La Plata in 2008. Observing his talent, FC Spartak Moscow brought Rojo to Europe in 2011 and in the following season he signed for Sporting Lisbon.
Having made 49 appearances for the Portuguese club, he seems to have made his mind up in wanting to become a United player fairly soon.
In defence, there is no doubt that Louis Van Gaal needs some new recruits. Having sold three of the club’s defensive stalwarts - Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand - Rojo would be a canny addiction to the squad.
In what looks like a back three for united this season only Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling are competing for those places.
Rojo would provide defensive quality and keep those players looking over their shoulder - something a professional footballer sometimes needs in order to perform at the very highest level every week.