Sporting Lisbon only received £15.8 million from their sale of Marcos Rojo to Manchester United, according to their accounts published for the first quarter of the financial year.
As relayed by the Daily Express the Portuguese giants remain locked in a battle with Doyen Sports Group, who previously owned rights to Rojo and believe they’re entitled to a cut of the transfer fee collected when he moved to Old Trafford this summer.
Rojo's move to united
The Argentina international completed a switch to the Premier League despite stern initial resistance from Sporting, but it would appear that the legal matters regarding the deal are some way off being put to bed, with Doyen convinced that they’re owed 75 percent of the fee received.
The accounts published by Sporting detail that the transfer of Rojo made them £19.8 million altogether, with £4 million of that having been used to take Nani on a season-long loan.
However, whilst the first figure contributes massively to the fact that the club announced profits of a healthy £19.4 million, Doyen could significantly reduce that if it transpires that they are indeed eligible for the portion they’re after.
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75 percent of the deal in question would relieve Sporting of £14.8 million, meaning that their profits look more than just slightly worse off. Naturally the club are keen to fight the accusation that they are indebted to Doyen to the last man, and they’ve already claimed that their deal with the company was terminated prior to Rojo’s move.
Moving away from the financial side of things the transfer appears to have gone down well, with Rojo having become an important asset in Van Gaal’s Old Trafford fold due to the injury crisis the Dutchman has overseen.
Rojo and Nani
A lack of defensive talent has left him struggling to field a unit capable of keeping the goals out, and though Rojo has been part of the problem due to a niggling complaint, without him they would be far worse off.
As for Nani’s spell in Portugal the winger looks reinvigorated, and there’s even been calls for Van Gaal to recall him from his loan in January. The 28-year-old was tipped to be sold permanently during the summer, but has impressed in his temporary spell away from United, and could be reintroduced to the fold.