Manchester United’s efforts to sign Marcos Rojo are complicated by a complex situation.
According The Guardian, Rojo has a release clause of €24 million, he is part owned by a management company in direct legal dispute with Sporting Lisbon, and his former club Spartak Moscow are owed 20 per cent of the fee thanks to a sell-on clause.
In short, it is not the sort of deal Manchester United fans will feel their perceived-to-be bungling chief executive Ed Woodward can pull off easily.
Rojo has however backed himself into a corner. Told by his agents that United’s interest is genuine, the Argentine international defender has gone on strike, and refused to train for the past two days in an effort to force a move.
it is an unwanted situation for Sporting Lisbon to deal with as they prepare to get their season underway.
Scheduled to kick off their league campaign this weekend away at Academia, new coach Marcos Silva has addressed the goings on in his pre-game press conference.
Reported by Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, he said: “It was not an easy week, there is no need to hide that. These cases are never easy to manage, but we must be prepared. When these situations exist in a team, it always affects (us) a bit.
“I do not consider (it) pleasant, I do not hide that. But these things happen. We must be able to react and show on Saturday that it did not affect us. Technically, I have been saying that they are key players for us. Let us see how we will solve these cases.”