Tuesday August 19th, 2014

Manchester United signed defender Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon and loaned winger Nani to Lisbon on Tuesday.

The two clubs agreed to a €20 million transfer fee for Rojo to join United. Rojo, a 24-year-old defender, discussed the move on Argentinian radio, via The Guardian.

“It’s a dream to play at Manchester United and I am very proud of having the chance of working with [Louis] van Gaal,” he said. “I spoke with Juan Sebasti·n VerÛn about Manchester United when we were at Estudiantes. I have always liked English football, and I should adapt to this new playing style easily.”

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Rojo is the first player acquired by new United manager Louis van Gaal.

Nani, 27, was sent to Lisbon on a one-year loan to complete the transaction. He played for Lisbon from 2005 until 2007, when he moved to United.

Manchester United dropped its Premier League opener on Saturday to Swansea City, falling 2-1 at Old Trafford. 

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