Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is close to completing his first signing since taking over at Old Trafford, with a deal for defender Marcos Rojo close according to the Guardian.
It has been a frustrating window for Van Gaal, who has so far been unable to land any of his top targets. Reports last week suggested that the Dutchman was growing frustrated with Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward over the lack of activity.
However it seems as though there could soon be a breakthrough, with the Guardian claiming that a deal for Rojo should be done soon. A £16 million plus midfielder Nani offer has been mooted, but the Portuguese international is believed to be unsure about returning to his home country.
Aside from that issue the Guardian say the deal is essentially complete, and the Argentinian will become the first major arrival of what should be a busy last few weeks in the transfer window.
Time is tight
It had looked as though the Red Devils would run out of time to get a deal for Rojo complete following an argument between Sporting Lisbon and an investment firm who own the majority of his economic rights. The player himself had tried to force a move by not turning up for pre-season training, but has now issued a public apology to his current employers which should ease the passage of his move.
“I was hot-headed and I’m sorry. I’ll be back with the rest of the squad tomorrow,” he told Sporting TV.“Sporting signed me when I was not at my best and gave me the opportunity to play for a big club in Europe. I would like to thank the trust they had in me and I will resume training on Monday.”
Rojo is able to operate at centre-back and at full-back which is good news for Van Gaal, who has admitted he is short of options at the back. That certainly looked to be the case during Manchester United's opening fixture of the Premier League season, where they stumbled to a 2-1 defeat against Swansea at Old Trafford.
Daley Blind could follow from Ajax. He was part of Van Gaal's Dutch squad at the World Cup and has hinted he would be open to a move, while Ajax boss Frank de Boer insists he won't stand in the 25-year-old's way if Manchester United come calling.
Reports this morning say a big-money swoop for Angel di Maria is on the cards too. The Daily Mail say that a £50 million offer could be made to Real Madrid soon, with the Argentinian set to be handed an eye-watering £200,000-per-week in order to lure him to Old Trafford.
So far the only new arrivals at Manchester United are Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera. Shaw has been ruled out of action for a month through injury, while Herrera started against Swansea on Saturday.