Portuguese club keen on signing €20m-rated Man United defender

Sporting have told Red Devils they want Marcos Rojo as part of any deal for Bruno Fernandes but will likely need the Premier League club to subsidise his wages. Man United are working on a £50m deal to bring Burno to Old Trafford this month, with coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer personally scouting the midfielder in action with Porto last week.

Portuguese club officials were in England to discuss the deal with Red Devils, while it has been reported that Bruno has asked the Liga NOS giants to allow him to join Man United. Several Portuguese newspapers are claiming that the two teams are broadly in deal over the total value of any deal, but are still working on negotiating the finer details.

Sporting have asked for Marcos has part of the deal, but his massive wages are proving to be a stumbling block, with the defender earning nearly £160,000-a-week. Red Devils would, therefore, need to cover part of Rojo’s salary, while the terms of a move back to Sporting whether it is a permanent deal or simply a loan have still to be worked out.

If a deal cannot be reached over the Argentine defender, Red Devils and Sporting will need to go back to the talking table. It has been suggested that Sporting could ask for another footballer as part of the deal instead, with goalkeeper Joel Pereira mentioned as a possible makeweight, or for extra money as part of the transfer package for Bruno.

Nevertheless, there is a growing feeling that Portugal international will become a Red Devils player before the end of the month.