Marcos Rojo pushing for Old Trafford move

Updated: Aug 13, 2014, 19:28 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau/Dattaraj Thaly

New Delhi: Marcos Rojo of Sporting Lisbon handed in his transfer request on Tuesday in an attempt to force a move to Manchester United. The Red Devils had bid £15.9m for the left back and Sporting are now considering their offer.

Rojo shot to prominence at the recently concluded FIFA World Cup where he was impressive in the left-back position for Argentina.

United are thin in defense with Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Alexander Buttner leaving the club. After losing out on Thomas Vermaelen, new manager Louis van Gaal is looking to shore up things at the back before the transfer window shuts.

Rojo has refused to train with the Portuguese club until the transfer saga is resolved as per his satisfaction. The 24-year-old played as a first choice left-back in Alejandro Sabella`s side at the World Cup. He played 6 games and scored 1 goal at the tournament.

United are not the only club chasing Rojo`s signature with Southampton having expressed their desire to sign the left-back. The Argentine will be expected to play as a centre-back at Old Trafford and will also be used a cover for Luke Shaw.

United and Sporting have a history of doing amicable business and have completed several transfers prior to this including that of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Nani.