One of the most long-rumored moves of the summer transfer window has finally been completed. On Wednesday, Manchester United finally confirmed they have signed Argentinian defender Marcus Rojo from Sporting Lisbon. Along with that, Man U are sending Nani back to his home country with a season-long loan at Sporting Lisbon.
BBC chief sports correspondent Dan Roan got the confirmation of the news:
Man Utd confirm signing of defender Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon for €20m, with Nani joining the Portuguese club on season-long loan.
— Dan Roan (@danroan) August 20, 2014
Rojo has become one of the most sought after defenders after a very solid World Cup showing, where he scored in Argentina’s 3-2 win over Nigeria and was also named to the best XI for the entire 2014 World Cup.
He has been with Sporting Lisbon since 2012, playing in 49 games and scoring five goals. He’s a great player with his head and brings a nice arial presence to the Red Devils’ back line.
While it’s a move up for Rojo, Nani gets a chance to resurrect his career after his move from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United never brought him to stardom.
Nani made 147 appearances with the club from 2007 to 2013, but scored just 25 goals in that time and began to fall out of favor over the last few years. At 27 years old, Nani has a chance to return to the club he was raised in and resurrect his career, something few players get to do in their times as a soccer players.