Manchester United may never complete the signing of Marcos Rojo, despite him already training with the club and a £16million fee being agreed with Sporting Lisbon.
According to The Sun, the Old Trafford club still haven’t been able to secure a work permit for the Argentina international due to delays at the immigration office, while the issue of third-party ownership is also causing problems.
Manchester United still have not been able to register Rojo with the Premier League because Sporting Lisbon are in dispute with a third-party owner, Doyen Sports Investments, over how the £16million fee is split between the two and his previous club Spartak Moscow.
The report claims the Premier League will not ratify the transfer until the issues is overcome, as they do not permit third-party ownership, while in Portugal it is allowed. This is especially problematic as the summer transfer window closes on Monday night, leaving United officials little time to get things clear.
Old Trafford struggles
All the while, Manchester United have been struggling in defence and Louis van Gaal could not register a competitive win in the first three games of this season – losing 2-1 at home to Swansea City in their opening Premier League fixture, then a dismal 1-1 draw at Sunderland and a humiliating 4-0 defeat in the League Cup at MK Dons.
Rojo impressed for Argentina in the World Cup at left-back, proving himself to be an attacking threat down the flanks and in the air from set-pieces.
He can also operate at centre-back, which is the more pressing area that Van Gaal needs to address, especially as he is now playing a 3-5-2 formation with the Old Trafford club.