Manchester United have finally found a way to make a £16m deal for Marcos Rojo look attractive to Sporting Lisbon, with the Portuguese giants now prepared to sanction his exit after agreeing to take Nani on a season-long loan.
Rojo has been identified by Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal as the best possible addition he can make to a defence that looked well short of experience and quality in Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Swansea City.
Sporting had been very reluctant to sanction Rojo's exit thanks to complications surrounding his registration rights and rejected United's first offer last week, but now Nani is part of the deal Goal.com believe their stance has changed somewhat.
United's initial knock-back in their efforts to sign Rojo was met with anger by the Argentine international, who initially refused a return to full training to make it very clear his sights are set on a lucrative switch to Old Trafford.
Rojo has climbed down from that position in the last 24 hours and issued a public apology on Sporting's own television channel last night and will return to full training this morning, but still has his heart set on a summer move and now looks likely to get his wish.
Nani's wages paid by Man United
Van Gaal used Nani from the bench in last weekend's Premier League opener and the 27-year-old only signed a new five-year contract worth £120,000-a-week last season, but United are so desperate to bolster their defensive options they'll swallow his exit if it means Rojo can be signed before the transfer window slams shut.
Rojo can play on the left-hand side or is equally adept in central defence, positions Van Gaal definitely needs to strengthen thanks to his preference for a 3-5-2 formation.
United have admitted defeat in their efforts find a permanent buyer for Nani and will pay the vast majority of his wages for the next 10 months to get a deal for a third major summer signing over the line, with time running out to build a squad capable of earning an instant return to the Champions League.News Now - Sport News