Argentina's World Cup star, Marcos Rojo, has hinted on Instagram that he may be close to a move to the English Premier League.
The Sporting Lisbon fullback - thought to be valued at around £14 million - has randomly followed the official Manchester United page on his personal account.
This news will come as a blow to Southampton's manager, Ronald Koeman, who recently expressed his interest in the 24-year-old. The Express reports that Southampton have in-fact already had a bid of around £11 million rejected by the Portuguese club.
Rojo, who can play as either a centre-half or a fullback, has seen his stock rise significantly in the past couple of months. He played a starring role as his native Argentina reached the final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. What's more, his performances were officially recognized as he was named in the All-star team for the tournament.
While his twitter antics may be purely coincidental, Rojo certainly falls into the 'Van Gaallian' blueprint for the season ahead. His versatility means he can operate adeptly in both a 4-4-2 formation and the seemingly preferred 3-5-2 formation. Furthermore, the collapse of Vermaelen's expected move to Old Trafford has only accelerated the need for defensive re-enforcements.
Southampton may now focus their attention on the signing of Leeds United's highly rated fullback, Sam Byram. The Express are reporting that the Saints have had an initial five million pound bid rejected for the 20-year-old Englishman. Leeds United are thought to want an ambitious £10 million for their prized asset.
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