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It’s a deal: Marcos Rojo to Man United

MANCHESTER — Manchester United landed a deal to sign defender Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon yesterday, with the Portuguese club announcing that winger Nani is returning on loan from Old Trafford.

Sporting, which is listed on the stock exchange in Lisbon, announced in a regulatory filing that United will pay 20 million euros (US$ 27 million) for the 24-year-old Rojo. United confirmed the deal on Twitter but said it was subject to a medical examination being conducted and personal terms being agreed.

“Manchester United has reached agreement with Sporting Lisbon to sign Marcos Rojo subject to a medical and personal terms,” the United statement read. “A further announcement will be made when the process is complete.”

Rojo has played 28 times for Argentina, including the 1-0 loss to Germany in the World Cup final last month.

United's need to strengthen in defence was highlighted Saturday when the team opened the Premier League season with a 2-1 loss to Swansea in Louis van Gaal's debut as manager.

The 27-year-old Nani is heading home for the 2014-15 season, seven years after joining United, Sporting said.

Rojo is highly unlikely to be the final addition to Van Gaal’s squad in the remaining weeks of August as the opening weekend has focused minds on how much rebuilding work has still to be done.

Herald staff with AP

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