Manchester United have agreed a €20 million deal for Sporting defender Marcos Rojo, with Nani heading to sporting on a season-long loan.
Rojo is expected to travle to the Old Trafford after extensive negotiations between the two clubs, against the backdrop of the Argentina defender going on strike before apologising to his team-mates and supporters.
The Red devils will cover the majority of Nani’s salary – one of the highest at the Premier League club – the deal is something of a triumph for Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho.
He had refused to accept United’s initial €20m offer for Rojo, drawing the ire of both the player and Doyen Sports, an investment fund who own 75 per cent of the Argentine’s economic rights.
With Sporting contractually obliged to pay 20% of any fee over €5m for Rojo to his former club Spartak Moscow, and 75% of the income going to Doyen, a €20m sale would have effectively seen the World Cup finalist leave for free.