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Manchester United: Marcos Rojo deal agreed as Nani leaves

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Manchester United have reached an agreement to sign Argentina defender Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon.

United said the deal, which Sporting report is worth £16m, is subject to a medical, and personal terms being agreed.

Sporting have also confirmed Nani, 27, is returning on loan, seven years after the winger joined United from Lisbon.

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Rojo scores World Cup winner for Argentina

Left-sided defender Rojo, 24, played in six games as Argentina reached the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil.

Last week he refused to train with Sporting because of his frustration at not being allowed what he described on Argentine radio as a “dream” move to United, although he subsequently apologised.

“A further announcement will be made when the process is complete,” said United in a message on the club’s Twitter account on Tuesday.

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In a statement released to the Lisbon stock exchange,  Sporting set out the payment schedule agreed with United for the player.

They will receive £8m immediately, with further instalments of £4m being paid on 1 December this year and 1 July, 2015.

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Argentina defender Rojo played in Portuguese football for two seasons

In addition they will get 20% of any sell-on fee for Rojo over £18.4m.

Rojo, who joined Sporting from Spartak Moscow in July 2012, missed the Portuguese club’s first league game of the season last weekend.

United have been searching for a central defender following the summer departures of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, with Rojo’s versatility making him a good fit for United manager Louis van Gaal’s preferred 3-5-2 system.

Van Gaal missed out on Thomas Vermaelen earlier this month after the Belgian opted to join Barcelona from Arsenal.

Nani, who has won 78 caps for Portugal, is understood to have joined Sporting on a season-long loan, but neither club has released details of the winger’s move.

The Cape Verde-born player spent four years at Sporting after leaving Real Massama in 2003.

After joining United in 2007, he made 230 appearances in all competitions, scoring 41 goals.

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