Manchester United are set to imminently complete the acquisition of Marcos Rojo, but it would appear the club are some distance from following up the deal for the Argentina international with a fourth signing of this transfer window.
More deals to come?
Rojo will move to Old Trafford from Sporting for a fee of £16 million with Luis Nani returning to Lisbon on loan for the duration of the season. The versatile defender is set to join Manchester United on a four-year deal.
A flurry of signings after this one may take some time, however. That is according to Bryan Swanson of Sky Sports News, who has claimed that the club have yet to formalise interest in any other players, despite the transfer deadline being less than two weeks away.
Swanson tweeted on Wednesday: “As Marcos Rojo has medical, we're told Man Utd have yet to make a formal offer for any other player. 12 days to go.”
After the arrival of Rojo, Louis van Gaal still needs another defender, a central midfielder and a wide player, so it is worrying indeed that the club appear to be making little progress in their pursuit of these targets.
In an ideal world these transfers would have been completed before the season began, and the opening weekend defeat to Swansea only served to highlight just how critical it is that the club gets the deals over the line.
It is still unclear just who will be next. Daley Blind, Juan Cuadrado, Arturo Vidal and Angel di Maria are the players most linked but, such have the club’s travails been, it would be little surprise if none of these are acquired.
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The signing of a combative midfielder to compliment Ander Herrera is clearly the priority with Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini now both injured, but there is an understandable doubt among supporters that Ed Woodward will be able to plug this gap.
Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman has struggled to deliver the goods since being placed in charge of transfer duties a year ago, even if spending in this time is set to exceed £130 million with Rojo joining.