Manchester United are finally closing in on their third summer signing, and he comes in arguably the position that needs the most work. Marcos Rojo, the Argentine centre-back/left-back, is expected to join Manchester United before the week is out. Portuguese winger Nani will go the other way on loan as part of the deal.
The 24-year old will cost Manchester United £16million plus Nani for a year, according to The Guardian. Despite the deal being ‘very complex’ due to third party ownership of Rojo, all parties are confident that the deal will eventually go through.
The player publicly apologised to Sporting Lisbon fans yesterday, after refusing to train to try and push the deal through. Since then, Rojo has returned to training with the Portuguese side, and relations between the club and player are a lot less tense than they were just a few days ago.
At 24, Rojo doesn’t bring the experience that we desperately need at the back, however he does bring in more quality and depth in two key positions. Predominantly a centre-back for Sporting, he can slot in at the left-side of the back three with ease, but he also can play the left-wingback role to a high level; As demonstrated by his superb performances at left-back for Argentina in the World Cup.