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Report: Argentina’s Marcos Rojo demands transfer to Manchester United

Josip Drmic, Marcos Rojo

Switzerland’s Josip Drmic, right, holds the shirt of Argentina’s Marcos Rojo during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Argentina and Switzerland at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)


Argentina back Marcos Rojo wants to go to Manchester United, the Red Devils want him and have money to burn. Is there a way this won’t work out for Louis van Gaal?

Sporting wants $50 million for Rojo, 24, who has been capped 28 times by the national team, scoring against Nigeria at the World Cup. He cost Sporting less than $6 million from Spartak Moscow in 2012.

[ MORE: Why Luke Shaw is worth the money to Manchester United ]

It’s not that simple, of course. Teams are certainly upping their asking prices for Manchester United, as it doesn’t take a soccer wizard to know that LVG needs some quality defenders and a lot more depth.

Rojo can play center or left back and was the named in the advanced stats Castrol Index Top 11 for the World Cup.

Sky Sources: Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo hands in transfer request and tells club he wants to join Manchester United. #SSNHQ

— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) August 12, 2014

The money is the question here, as United has to live up to the $55 million they splashed out for Luke Shaw. There’s no question Rojo has a decent claim to being as good or better than Shaw, who has the advantage of having proven himself in the Premier League and being a half-decade younger. So it’s likely going to be $50 million.

And if it has to be that high, I still spend it.

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