Reports this morning strongly suggest that Louis van Gaal will be doing more than admiring from afar the talents of a player that would fit well into his proposed 3-5-2 that will take United back to the top of club football.
The player in question is one Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon who played 120 minutes of the World Cup final for Argentina and importantly for United is a versatile defender who can switch from the left to the centre. Rojo possesses ferocious pace and coupled with his age of 24-years will represent a fantastic investment for a club with clear ambition.
The player not only has clearly significant international experience but he has also played for Spartak Moscow in the Russian league which would ease any doubt about his ability to switch to a more physically demanding Premier League. Luis van Gaal would be encouraged to fit Rojo into a wing-back role and know that he could also switch duties to a more central role if required.
The report in the Guardian has suggested that a £16m offer has been tabled to lure the defender from Sporting Lisbon but the deal would not be without complications. The contract itself is expected to contain a few Gremlins such as third-party ownership elements which are common in Portugal and reports in Portugal have suggested the player has refused to train in order to force through a transfer say the reports.
Luis Van Gaal has already stated that he feels the team lacks the required width and this is forcing him to adapt his system. The manager named Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria as players of the quality he would want to provide that width and whilst clearly Ronaldo is not available it could be that Di Maria is and could also operate on that wing.