Manchester United have been told that allowing Nani to join Sporting Lisbon on loan will ease Marcos Rojo's path to Old Trafford, reports The Sunday Times.

Nani appeared in Manchester United's 2-1 defeat to Swansea City on Saturday, but reports on Sunday suggest Louis van Gaal has since axed him from the squad.

Sporting are believed to be interested in taking the player on loan and have told Manchester United that a deal for Rojo could be completed if Nani moves the other way in a temporary deal.

Complicated negotiations

Officials at Old Trafford spent to best part of last week trying to convince the Portuguese outfit to part with the Argentina international. Sporting rejected Manchester United's opening offer of £17 million and were thought to be holding out for £24 million.

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The situation has been made more complicated by the fact that third party company Doyen Sports own 75 per cent of the player's economic rights and are also keen for the deal to go through.

Nani set for exit

It is a glorious opportunity for Van Gaal and Manchester United as it appeared the Portuguese winger was set for the exit door this summer anyway. Having signed a five-year deal this time last season, Nani could hang around if he wanted and the player rejected the chance to join Sporting on loan in January.

If Van Gaal makes it clear that Nani is not wanted, he could be convinced to leave Old Trafford but it is unclear whether a move back to his homeland would be of any interest. What is clear is Manchester United are desperate to agree a deal for Rojo.

Rojo: A key signing

Rojo would offer much-needed quality to both the centre-back and left-back positions at Manchester United. Van Gaal currently has just three players to choose from at centre-back and his only left-back, Luke Shaw, is injured.

Rojo is an alternative to to Thomas Vermaelen, who rejected the chance to join former Arsenal teammate Robin van Persie by joining Barcelona. 

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