Marcos Rojo has handed in a transfer request at Sporting Lisbon in an effort to force though a move to Manchester United, according to Sky Sports.
The Red Devils are now 6/5 to stable the Sporting star come the close of the summer transfer window, while the Portuguese club 1/2 to retain their man.
Rojo, who was named in the World Cup 2014 team of the tournament, is also understood to have refused to train on Tuesday in an effort to further lean on the Leões.
The latest development in the destiny of the 24-year-old, who can play as both a wing-back and a centre-half, will come as a blow to Southampton, who have been linked with his signature extensively.
Meanwhile, if it seems like only yesterday that Liverpool too were interested in acquiring the Argentine, that’s because it was, at least according to the Daily Express’ Jamie Anderson.
Yet, since then the Merseysiders’ pursuit of long-term target Alberto Moreno has progressed to the point where it was announced that they have agreed a deal ‘in principle’ to sign him from Sevilla on their official website.
There may be a third-party element to Rojo’s contract with the Lisbon giants, however, according to the Guardian, United do not anticipate it making any deal overly problematic.
Despite shining for his nation as a full-back in Brazil, the former Estudiantes and Spartak Moscow player plied his trade at centre-half more often than not in Portugal last term.
As such he would rate a formidably useful signing for Louis van Gaal, in the sense that his arrival could create healthy competition for Luke Shaw as well as further bolstering a central defender pool that lost wise men Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic this summer.