Sporting Lisbon have confirmed that they have agreed to sell defender Marcos Rojo to Manchester United. Nani, meanwhile, will return to the Portuguese club on a season-long loan as part of the deal.
The transfer was confirmed via Sporting's official Twitter account on Tuesday evening.
Rojo, who impressed for World Cup finalists Argentina in Brazil this summer, will cost the Red Devils a reported €20 million fee. He becomes United’s third major summer signing following the arrivals of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw.
It’s reported that the Premier League giants will also pay Nani’s £120,000-a-week wages during his loan spell with the Portuguese outfit.
Nani axed by Van Gaal
The Portugal international becomes the first big-name casualty since Louis van Gaal took the reins at Old Trafford this summer. The Dutch coach plans to offload several other stars before the summer transfer window closes on September 1.
Rojo is not expected to be the only player who arrives at Old Trafford within the next two weeks, either. Van Gaal has been keen to strengthen his defensive options for some time now, and the 24-year-old’s versatility is one of the reasons why he has been signed by Manchester United.
Rojo to make United debut on Sunday?
The South American is capable of playing as a centre-back or at left-back - and with Shaw out for at least three more weeks with a hamstring injury, Rojo could make his Manchester United debut as early as Sunday afternoon against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Rojo confirmed his pending move to the Red Devils on Argentine radio on Monday night, but Manchester United are yet to issue their own official confirmation because of the complexity of the deal. The 20-time English champions are, however, expect to make an announcement imminently.
Watch: Marcos Rojo in action
Sporting to receive €13m
Sporting will receive €13 million of the overall €20 million fee, with Rojo’s former club Spartak Moscow picking up €4 million and Doyen Sport - a third-party ownership group - receiving the remaining €3 million.
Securing the services of Nani is also a significant coup for Sporting, who sold the winger to Manchester United back in 2007 for a reported £17 million fee.
Nani may have made final United appearance
The 27-year-old signed a new five-year deal with the Red Devils last September, but made just 11 Premier League appearances last season. He played the same number of matches during the previous campaign, thanks to a combination of injuries and a loss of form.
Nani scored 40 goals in 228 matches for Manchester United, but it now appears that he has played his final match for the club.
United fans: is this a good deal? Should Van Gaal have kept Nani? Will Rojo shine at Old Trafford?
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