Manchester United may have taken a huge stride towards adding their fourth summer signing in Marcos Rojo after the Sporting Lisbon star has handed in a transfer request, reports claim.
The 24-year-old defender was one of the stars of this summer’s World Cup and his excellent form in Argentina’s run to the final attracted a lot of interest from Europe’s leading clubs.
Amongst those said to be interested were Premier League outfit Southampton, but if reports according to Sky Sports journalist Pete O’Rourke are to be believed, then the £16 million star already has his heart set on a move to Old Trafford.
Sky Sources: Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo has handed in a transfer request and says he wants to join Manchester United. #MUFC— Pete O'Rourke (@SkySportsPeteO) agosto 12, 2014
The Red Devils appear keen to add more defenders following the exits of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra over the summer.
The likes of Matt Hummels and Thomas Vermaelen were reported targets, but after missing out on both Van Gaal appears to have opted for the Sporting Lisbon man as Portuguese publication O Jogo state that a bid for the player has already been made.
Described as versatile and energetic, Rojo can play in either fullback position but will most likely compete with Luke Shaw at left wing-back in Van Gaal’s preferred 3-5-2 formation.
He started his career at Argentine side Estudiantes, before a one-year stint in Russia led to a £3.5 million to Portuguese outfit Sporting Lisbon in 2012.
Rojo has represented his country on 28 occasions and was the only Argentine player to make it into the Castro Index Top 11 at this summer's World Cup.