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Rojo's versatility will be beneficial to Manchester UnitedReuters

Manchester United have reportedly convinced Sporting Lisbon to part with defender Marcos Rojo by offering them €20 million, plus the services of winger Nani on a one-year loan deal.

The deal will see Rojo coming to United and Nani moving to Sporting on a season-long loan, with the Red Devils paying majority of the midfielder's salary.

United's previous attempts to bring the Argentina international to Old Trafford ended in failure, after Sporting refused to let him leave for anything less than £24 million (the amount in his buyout clause).

With Doyen Sports (an investment fund) owning 75 percent of Rojo's economic rights, and Sporting obliged to pay 20 percent of any fee over £4m to the player's former club Spartak Moscow, United's initial offer of £16 million, would leave Sporting with nothing, if they greenlight the sale. 

However, Sporting are now understood to be ready to part with the 24-year-old, after United included Nani into the equation, according to Goal.

Rojo, who is reportedly keen to join United and work under Louis van Gaal, had created a lot of ruckus by refusing to train with Sporting after the Portuguese club rejected his transfer request.

The defender later issued a public apology for his actions, saying: "It was all a misunderstanding, I was a hothead. I'm sorry for what happened because I feel that I was unprofessional."

"I want to tell the people that I didn't behave correctly, but I'm am very fond of this club. They are the ones that will decide my career, and I hope it will be the best both for me and the club. But I want to stress that I'm very happy at the club, and I like the way I'm treated and the care they give me."

Van Gaal is now reportedly desperate to sign the versatile defender, after watching United lose to Swansea City in their opening Premier League fixture of the season.

Rojo, who is capable of playing in the left-back as well as the centre-back position, will certainly be a good addition to the Red Devils squad, especially with van Gaal trying to implement his new 3-5-2 system at Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, letting Nani go on a season-long loan will not be a problem for van Gaal as the Portuguese international is currently only a fringe player at Old Trafford.

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