Reported Baines alternative for United has 'affordable' clause in contract

Sporting Lisbon

Marcos Rojo of Sporting Lisbon is reportedly a target for Manchester United - and he seems attainable in the summer.

Manchester United were linked with Sporting Lisbon wing-back Marcos Rojo last week - as David Moyes considers new options for replacing Patrice Evra at the end of the season.

Leighton Baines has long been his target, but he signed a new deal with Everton recently, putting to an end to speculation surrounding his future at the club.

Rojo, an Argentine international, has been in sensational form for the Portuguese club this campaign - and he was the subject of a failed bid from Fulham in January.

But can United sign him?

If their interest is genuine, then they reportedly face plenty of competition.

Italian sides Roma, Inter Milan and Napoli are all said to be keen on the player - and United must therefore make a move for the player before the Italian’s have their way.

How available is he though?

Well his agent Carlos Goncalves spoke exclusively to TMW this week - and admitted his client and he were both flattered by such transfer talk:

He stated:

"It is pleasing that the boy is appreciated by the big clubs of international importance, but at the moment there is nothing concrete. This Simple market rumors, it is not the right time to talk about the future of Rojo…until June (after World Cup) but we do not want to hear about the future. He has a contract until 2016 with Sporting in the summer we will see further developments in key markets. Italy, however, would be a nice showcase and a great opportunity. Yes (he has a clause in his contract), but it is not relevant it is affordable for a top club."

It seems that Italy might just be his preferred destination - although his agent would always say that when speaking to an Italian website.

He is a great player, and at 23-years-old one for the future, but whether he is right for United or not is another question.

But it is certainly a name to keep your eyes on at the World Cup this summer - where you can decide if he is right for United.

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