Manchester United have agreed to sign Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon for a fee in the region of £16m subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms.
Barring catastrophe on the tables of examination or negotiation, the Red Devils will sign a man who has much in common in with the finest purchases of Old Trafford’s glorious past as they bid to land odds of 3/4 about a top-four Premier League finish.
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Rojo is a left-back/centre-half hybrid
Like Gabriel Heinze and Mikael Silvestre before him, the 24-year-old’s ability to operate out of either position should ensure his longevity at the Theatre of Dreams.
The pair won six Premier Leagues and myriad other trophies between them, including Heinze’s Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award in 2004/05.
He arrived from Sporting Club de Portugal
Following in the footsteps of Nani and the force of nature that is Cristiano Ronaldo, Rojo is the latest to embark on a tradition of transitions that has yielded Red Devils countless moments of rub-your-eyes-in-disbelief wonder.
There was a complicated third-party ownership situation to untangle
West Ham didn’t win any prizes for investigative rigour with their Carlos Tevez transfer coup back in 2006, leaving United to unravel a labyrinthine ownership situation in order to sign him up with a clear conscience.
Their experience in doing so proved invaluable in extracting Rojo from his own strictures this time around.
He made his name at the previous World Cup
Jaap Stam in 1998, Rio Ferdinand in 2002 and Javier Hernandez in 2010 – Old Trafford has a happy history of co-opting stars of the globe’s biggest football bash.
Rojo’s showings in Brazil, both at centre-half and left-back, were sufficiently superior to garner him a place in FIFA’s team of the tournament.