After impressing with Argentina at the World Cup, a number of sides have been interested in signing Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo. The 24-year-old, formerly of Spartak Moscow and Estudiantes, had been linked with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Southampton, but reports on Tuesday suggested a move to Manchester United was close.
The Red Devils saw a move to sign Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen fall apart, and with new manager Louis van Gaal desperately looking to sign a left footed centre back who can also play at left back, Rojo appears to be the perfect fit - and a £16m bid was reportedly lodged to try and secure him.
After this became public knowledge, Rojo pleaded with the Portuguese giants to let him go to Old Trafford - but the club are far from happy. Rojo, along with Algerian striker Islam Slimani, have declared their intentions of leaving the club, and president Bruno de Carvalho says the duo are now subject to 'strong, internal disciplinary action'.
"They are subject to disciplinary action, but they are not in the ‘B’ Team," De Carvalho said. "Both players took decisions that have provoked strong, internal disciplinary action. A general note: Any player who does not follow the rules of the club, these two or any others, they can do what they want, but it only complicates the issue.
"Don’t use the press, be professionals. These players are subject to strong disciplinary measures. They can’t play on Saturday, if they want they can watch the game at home. It could delay things a lot, it could drag things out a lot, but on Saturday it will not be resolved."
The latest development in the Rojo transfer saga serves onto indicate that a move to Old Trafford could be close, with relations between the player and club fractious at best. Despite de Carvalho's insistence that a deal doesn't need to be done, a swift resolution would be best for all clubs, and £16m could well be enough to give Rojo his dream move to Old Trafford.