Sporting Lisbon president Bruno de Carvalho has publicly voiced his outrage of Doyen Sports group’s handling of the Marcos Rojo transfer to Manchester United this summer.
According to the Daily Express, which takes quotes from the man himself from ESPN, Carvalho has hit out at the way Doyen pushed for Rojo’s transfer to Old Trafford, accusing them on “manipulation” and even going as far as to say that the company offered Rojo to more clubs than just United.
The Rojo deal
The Argentinian full-back made a £16 million switch from Sporting earlier this summer, and was recently granted a work-permit which will enable him to aid Louis van Gaal’s side in their bid for glory.
On the back of an impressive World Cup, which saw the defender handed a runners-up medal after his national side lost to Germany in extra-time in the final, Rojo’s stock significantly rose, and it wasn’t long before he was linked with a big-money move to the Premier League.
Soon after the obvious interest from United was established it became apparent that Doyen Sports, who owned 75% of his rights whilst at Sportin, were pushing for a summer move. Naturally the transfer to a club where he would be handed more money and generally be taking the next step up in his career suits them, though Carvalho has since expressed his annoyance at their methods.
“The contract was invalid,” the Sporting chief said.
"That contract means manipulation, it means engagement with the management. It's not a contract.
"It's not a question of fairness. It's not a contract. One of the rules [Article 18] is that the funds cannot be engaging with management and cannot be manipulating the management, and they did it."
On top of the pressure being applied by Doyen for Sporting to make the transfer feasible, Rojo too began to kick up a fuss when it looked as though his side might not be willing to engage in negotiations with United. Varying reports at the time claimed the 24-year-old had refused to train in a bid to force an exit, whilst others stated that he would hand in an official request if they stood in his way.
Naturally the way proceedings were handled has given Carvalho cause to point the finger of blame and, although Sporting have fully refunded the £3.2 million Doyen had invested in Rojo, a battle in court is now expected to follow.
“When you think that a contract is invalid, the thing that you need to do is return everything from the first stage,” he explained
"Now we've given back the money that they gave to the club, regarding not only Rojo, but Rojo and [Zakaria] Labyad."
The Sporting boss then went as far as to claim that Doyen played a part in openly offering Rojo’s services to other clubs, without his owner’s permission.
“Of course [Rojo was offered to clubs]. To all the world. To everybody".
Rojo at Old Trafford
Having been granted the work permit which allows him to play in the Premier League Rojo is now expected to make his Red Devils debut this weekend against QPR.
Van Gaal’s side have yet to pick up three points this term but the team that lines up against Harry Redknapp’s newly-promoted outfit may also include Radamel Falcao and Daley Blind.