Rojo Set For Manchester United Transfer
Marcos Rojo is expected to complete his Manchester United transfer. The Premier League side announced on Tuesday night that the 24-year-old Sporting Lisbon defender will complete his move to Old Trafford subject to a medical and agreement over personal terms.
Manchester United winger Nani will move back to Sporting as part of the deal. United bought Nani from Sporting in a £20million deal in 2007. He has played 228 games in all competitions during his seven years at Old Trafford, scoring 40 goals for the club.
United have been linked with Rojo for over a week. News of a bid worth €20million (£16million) last week led to Rojo demanding a move away from Sporting. He went on the club’s TV channel on Sunday night to apologise for his actions, but on Monday he told a radio station in his native Argentina that his “dream” of a Manchester United transfer was about to come true.
Sporting initially dug in their heels over Rojo’s exit, but the news that a season-long loan for United winger Nani is being included in the deal appears to have won over the club’s president Bruno de Carvalho.
We speculated on Tuesday that Nani might have to take a pay cut or see United contribute to his wages. In the end, United are paying the whole of Nani’s £90,000-a-week tab for the duration of the loan. Sporting will not be required to pay a loan fee to United.
“The team is most important,” Carvalho told a gathering of several thousand fans at the club’s open day on Tuesday.
“It is a pleasure to count on the return of one of our own, one who grew up as a Sporting player.”
It is not known whether there will be any right of redemption at the end of the initial loan spell.
Rojo took to Instagram on Monday to post a picture of him with his international team-mate Angel Di Maria with a United badge as a backdrop. However, the chances of a Manchester United transfer for the Real Madrid winger look remote.
Paris Saint-Germain want to wrap up a loan move for Di Maria. Personal terms and a loan fee have already been agreed. Just the permanent transfer fee next summer needs to be arranged.
United ‘Made Bid for Reus’
Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus was the subject of a failed Manchester United transfer bid earlier this summer.
That’s according to Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo. The Germany international has been linked with interest from Old Trafford but Dortmund apparently rejected a big-money approach from United.
“He had an offer for a lot of money from Manchester United and he has not gone,” said Cerezo after rumours of a bid from Atletico. “We will not sign him with a lesser offer.”
A Manchester United transfer move for Reus is more likely next summer. That’s when his €35million (£28million) release clause kicks in.
Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer suggested earlier this week that Dortmund would not be able to hold on to Reus in 2015 and that he would move to Bayern, United or Real Madrid.
Mackay To Make Zaha Loan Bid
Malky Mackay looks set to be offered the manager’s job at Crystal Palace and he is immediately being linked with a move for Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha.
Former Cardiff City boss Mackay has emerged as a front-runner for the post which became vacant when Tony Pulis left Selhurst Park last week.
Zaha – along with Nani and Anderson – has been marginalised by new boss Louis van Gaal.
His Manchester United transfer in January 2013 saw him loaned back to Palace for the rest of the 2012-13 season as they won promotion to the Premier League. However, he failed to make any impression under David Moyes and was loaned to Cardiff in January.
Now, Mackay looks set to make another loan bid for Zaha, who appears to have no future at United under Louis van Gaal.