Manchester United have seen their initial £16million offer for Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo, get rejected by the Portuguese side – claim FTBPro. It is believed that Sporting Lisbon are holding out for around £20million for the Argentine defender, but the situation could get complicated due to third party ownership.
Marcos Rojo is 75% owned by the Doyen Sports Group, and only 25% owned by Sporting Lisbon. So Sporting will only receive one quarter of any fee received by selling Rojo (£4million)- hence their desire to sell for more.
Sporting Lisbon and Marcos Rojo are currently at loggerheads after the centre-back/left-back refused to train with the side, but Sporting Lisbon are adamant that they won’t sell until the players release clause is met.
This is where it gets complicated, Doyen Sports Group are claiming that any bid that comes in whether accepted or rejected, they are due their percentage for the player. In this case, Doyen are owed £12million by Sporting whether they choose to sell Rojo or not – purely due to a clause in the players contract.
With no new signings looking likely before the Swansea game, it looks as though one, or both of Tyler Blackett and Reece James could make their Premier League debuts under Louis van Gaal.