Manchester United are desperate to land Marcos Rojo before the transfer deadline and are trying everything possible to make a deal work.
That's according to reports in Portuguese newspaper A Bola, who claim that United boss Louis Van Gaal has identified the Argentina international as his top transfer priority before the September 2 deadline. Liverpool have also been linked with the defender.
First offer rejected
Sporting Lisbon rejected United's first €20m (£18m) offer for the defender, although the bid did reveal complications regarding the player's third party ownership.
Investment company Doyen Sport own 75 per cent of Rojo's rights, and want the defender to be sold by Sporting to United. But Sporting are adamant they want to keep the Argentine, at least until they can extract a better offer from United or Liverpool. Liverpool are also expected to be busy in the final weeks of the transfer window.
Doyen released a statement claiming Sporting were making 'mindless demands' - to which Sporting responded with a strongly worded statement of their own on their official Facebook page.
Doyen have demanded Sporting compensate them regardless of whether they accept the offer from United, as they believe they're entitled to 75 per cent of United's bid.
United want to stay out of this dispute, which has the potential to end in the courts. But at the same time, negotiations are continuing between Sporting and United over a deal for Rojo, as time is running out before the deadline.