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Report: Argentina’s Marcos Rojo demands transfer to Manchester United

Aug 12, 2014, 12:02 PM EDT

Josip Drmic, Marcos Rojo AP

Argentina back Marcos Rojo wants to go to Manchester United, the Red Devils want him and have money to burn. Is there a way this won’t work out for Louis van Gaal?

Sporting wants $50 million for Rojo, 24, who has been capped 28 times by the national team, scoring against Nigeria at the World Cup. He cost Sporting less than $6 million from Spartak Moscow in 2012.

[ MORE: Why Luke Shaw is worth the money to Manchester United ]

It’s not that simple, of course. Teams are certainly upping their asking prices for Manchester United, as it doesn’t take a soccer wizard to know that LVG needs some quality defenders and a lot more depth.

Rojo can play center or left back and was the named in the advanced stats Castrol Index Top 11 for the World Cup.

The money is the question here, as United has to live up to the $55 million they splashed out for Luke Shaw. There’s no question Rojo has a decent claim to being as good or better than Shaw, who has the advantage of having proven himself in the Premier League and being a half-decade younger. So it’s likely going to be $50 million.

And if it has to be that high, I still spend it.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    If I’m the Red Devils and $50 million will really bring in Rojo – I spend it without batting an eye.

    • lordfletcher - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      Man Utd needs to add a CB but $50 for Rojo is a bit too high. I see the deal being made closer to $40

      If they still plan on bringing in Vidal (to be announced in the next 36 hours or so rumored) and maybe another… You can’t toss money around because you are a major club. If Dojo really wants to go to Man Utd and demanding it, the price won’t be top dollar.

  2. geejon - Aug 12, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    They can’t be serious with that number.

    Chelsea were in discussions with them for HALF that number for Rojo before they ultimately bought Felipe Luis.

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