Manchester United transfer news: Louis van Gaal willing to sacrifice Nani in £16m bid for Marcos Rojo after Swansea City defeat
Red Devils boss keen to press on with summer recruitment after shock opening day defeat to Gary Monk's Swansea City
Monday 18 August 2014
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has reportedly held lengthy discussions with Sporting Lisbon representatives about including winger Nani as a makeweight in their attempts to finally secure the services of Argentina international Marcos Rojo.
According to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils have accelerated their plans after the shock 2-1 home defeat to Gary Monk's Swansea City this weekend.
Goals from Ki Sung-yueng and Gylfi Sigurðsson consigned the Old Trafford club to their first home defeat on the opening day since 1972.
While it remains to be seen whether United's Portuguese winger would be willing to leave the Premier League giants, van Gaal is desperate to bolster his options.
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The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich head coach has also been buoyed by an apparent rift which seems to be forming between Rojo's agent and Sporting, but van Gaal has other options should the move break down.
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The player has been priced at £24m by his current employers, with the Doyen agency owning 75 per cent of his registration, but United are aware of the risk of paying over the odds.
It is believed that an offer of £16m has been made in recent days, including Nani, but the United board are still waiting for a reponse.
The 24-year-old full-back was forced to apologise to Sporting’s supporters in an interview on the club’s official television channel on Sunday night for trying to force through the move.
"I was hot-headed and I'm sorry," he said. "I'll be back with the rest of the Sporting squad tomorrow (Monday)."
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