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Sporting CP confirms swap of Rojo to Manchester United for Nani, money

Aug 19, 2014, 2:07 PM EDT

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Sporting Lisbon and Argentina defender Marcos Rojo has publicly commented on his future as a Manchester United player, and now the Portuguese club has confirmed it will send him to Old Trafford in exchange for Nani on loan and money.

The rumored figure is $27 million, and some reports say United will pay Nani’s full wages.

Rojo, 24, has long been rumored to be headed to Manchester, and reports surfaced Tuesday that said his transfer was on.

The move is the cherry on top of his exceptional World Cup (provided he enjoys cherries).

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All this after apologizing for being “a hothead” in trying to force a move to the Premier League.

Rojo gives United an instant boost to their back line and allow manager Louis van Gaal some options in his beleaguered unit, which has been beset with injuries and fitness concerns during the first moments of the 2014/15 Premier League season.

He’ll be the first high-profile signing since the Red Devils added Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw earlier this summer.

Meanwhile, Nani leaves after making 228 appearances and scoring 40 goals since 2007. After back-to-back 10 goal seasons, the 27-year-old Portugal star has made just 35 appearances for United in the past two seasons (and this opening weekend). He scored the opening goal in Portugal’s 2-2 draw with the USMNT at the 2014 World Cup.

  1. Ian's Rushtache - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    as much as I love to slate United,this guy is a class player and should be well adapted to life in the Premier League. I was hoping he would be second choice for Liverpool if the Moreno deal fell through.

  2. geejon - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    And this is what happens when you wait til the last moments to acquire players. While other teams get paid to give out players on loan, Manchester United not only loan Nani out for free but also pay his wages. Congratulation Mr. Woodward, you are the laughingstock of the football world. Where before executives of other teams simply called you “naïve” in your dealings, they will now surely be using much stronger words.

    The faster the board gets a football man to do this job the better. While Woodward has been great in bringing in revenue by selling off the Manchester brand to anything and everything (noodles?), he’s simply out of his element in the transfer market.

  3. lordfletcher - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    I’ve seen reports from £9-$27

    Will hold judgment till facts are in… Either way, its not my money and Rojo was necessary to sign. Hopefully they can snatch Blind as well

  4. bellerophon30 - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    A good acquisition for United, but like geejon said, they paid a premium for doing it last minute. Let’s hope it doesn’t turn out like last year’s expensive buy……..whose wages we might have to pay if he gets loaned to Napoli.

    I don’t mind losing Nani one bit, and as for paying his wages….we would have had to pay him to sit on the bench most of the year anyway, and this frees up some playing time for Zaha, so we can see what he’s capable of. Or perhaps even Nick Powell.

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