£16m Manchester United signing 'the second best sale ever for Sporting'

Sporting Lisbon's president Bruno de Carvalho has been speaking about the sale of Marcos Rojo.

This weekend Manchester United can once again look forward to seeing a new face in their colours. Argentine defender Marcos Rojo has finally been given his international clearance to play for the club after a lengthy battle to get his UK visa.

Rojo signed from Sporting Lisbon in a £16 million deal on the 19th August but he has not been able to play for the club just yet because of his visa issues.

He has been to Madrid and back in order to sort out the issues, which have now been put behind him and his Manchester United career can begin.

It has been a tough time for Rojo since the World Cup with Argentina. His third-party ownership caused major complications in the transfer negotiations. He also tried to force the move, which saw him suspended from the club and end up having to give an apology on Sporting TV.

Sporting's outspoken president Bruno de Carvalho is currently in Manchester for the Soccerex Global Convention. He made it clear that he felt the sale was a fantastic piece of business:

"It really was a wonderful deal. A sale of a central defender for €20m is a very good deal. It was the second best sale ever for Sporting."

Considering that Sporting also got a paid-for Nani thrown into the equation it is hard to disagree with him.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch