Manchester United have signed Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo for £16million, with Nani going to the Portuguese club on a season-long loan, Sky Sports reports.

Rojo was one of the stars for Argentina in their run to the World Cup final, and has now penned a five-year contract with United.

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A club statement read: “Manchester United is delighted to announce the signing of defender Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon for a fee of 20million euros, with Nani joining the Portuguese club on a season-long loan. Marcos joins on a five-year contract.”

Equally adept at centre-back as well as left-back, the 24-year-old is a fine addition to Louis van Gaal’s squad especially with £30million signing Luke Shaw set to miss the first few weeks of the new campaign.

“It is such an honour to say that I now play for Manchester United,” he said.

“The Premier League is the most exciting league in the world and to have the chance to play in it for the world’s biggest club is a dream for me.

“I am young and am very keen to continue to learn the game, so playing for such an experienced technical coach as Louis van Gaal is a fantastic opportunity for me.

“I have joined United to work hard with my team-mates to win trophies and I know that the manager shares that ambition.”

Rojo becomes Man United’s third big summer signing after the captures of Shaw and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera.


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