Luis Nani completed his return to Sporting Lisbon as the Portuguese winger was used as bait in order to lure in Marcos Rojo into Manchester United. Rojo signed a 5 year long contract with Manchester United meanwhile Nani will only be performing with Sporting Lisbon on a season long loan deal.
There is a rather surprising twist to this deal as Nani is only playing with Lisbon during one season in the few months that he performs with the Portuguese, his wages will still be paid by Manchester United. Nani is going to be paid around $8 million in wages to perform for another club; this is a sign of just how much Louis van Gaal wanted to sign Marcos Rojo.
After everything was completed United had to pay €16 million in transfer fee to secure the services of Marcos Rojo as well as having to continue paying Luis Nani his normal wages even though he is performing for a different club.
Rojo is a versatile defender who is capable of performing in the left-back position and in the heart of the defence as a centre-back. This is great news for Louis van Gaal and Manchester United as they have to find a back-up option for Luke Shaw who is out injured for one month.
Luke Shaw missed out of Manchester United’s opening match of the season due to a hamstring injury but the young defender is not expected to rejoin the squad for a few more weeks as he has been struggling with fitness ever since the 2014 World Cup came to an end.
Facing defeat in the opening match of the season and losing one of their most promising signings of the transfer window is not the way that Louis van Gaal wanted to start the season but the Dutchman has a chance of recovering from the early setbacks and kickoff his charge for the league title.