Goal.com claims Manchester United have reached an agreement over a deal for Sporting Lisbon left-back Marcos Rojo.
The Argentine has been heavily linked with United over the past couple of weeks and Goal claims a £16 million fee has been agreed with winger Nani heading to the Portuguese club on loan for this season.
“Manchester United have agreed a £16 million deal for Sporting defender Marcos Rojo, with Nani going the other way on a season long loan deal, Goal understands,” reports Goal.
“Rojo is to move to Old Trafford after extensive negotiations between the two clubs, against the backdrop of the Argentina defender going on strike before apologising to supporters and teammates.”
The signing would be a positive one for United as it would add balance and quality to a defence, which looked extremely shaky in the Premier League defeat to Swansea City.
Rojo has the ability to play on the left hand side of three men in the middle of a defence or he can play a wider role as more of a wing back going up and down the pitch.
He’s also able to provide priceless cover on the left, which is currently lacking following the injury to Luke Shaw and the departures of Patrice Evra and Alexander Buttner to new clubs.
However, before United fans get too excited, it’s important to stress the necessity of an official confirmation from either club.
The transfer window often produces various reports of agreements and deals being reached before anything official actually takes place.
Rojo has since returned to training with Sporting ahead of the new season, which contradicts the idea of an imminent move. It suggests he’s part of their plans for the new Portuguese league season after he failed to feature in the first game of the campaign.
Watch this space and wait for the official announcement. Until then, proceed with caution.