Manchester United winger Nani has agreed a loan move back to Sporting, paving the way for Marcos Rojo to join the Old Trafford club.
As reported by the Daily Star and Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, Nani has accepted a move back to his former club after seven seasons at Manchester United and could be announced as a Sporting player today.
United and Sporting have reportedly agreed to the transfer of Rojo, with Sporting receiving around €20m plus Nani on loan for a season. Rojo confirmed that his 'dream' move to United was nearing completion earlier today.
And the news that Nani has agreed to his end of the bargain means the final piece of the puzzle is in place, allowing Van Gaal to bring in much needed defensive reinforcements.
A 2-1 defeat to Swansea at Old Trafford on the opening day of the season laid bare United's need to strengthen at the back. Van Gaal wants a left-footed centre-back to play in his back three, and Rojo fits the bill.
The versatile Argentinean international played at left-back at the World Cup, but played most of his football at Sporting in the middle of defence.
United clear out
Nani could lead the clear out at United this summer, with a number of fringe players expected to follow him out before the close of the transfer window. The likes of Anderson, Javier Hernandez, Tom Cleverley and Wilfried Zaha are all available too.
As for potential additions, United are still working on a deal for Arturo Vidal while Kevin Strootman remains a back-up target for the Red Devils. A move for Rojo all but ends United's interest in Mats Hummels and Roma defender Mehdi Benatia.