Rojo joins Manchester United, Nani moves to Portugal's Sporting

AP, Wednesday 20 Aug 2014

Marcos Rojo
Argentina's Marcos Rojo celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match against Nigeria at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre June 25, 2014.

Manchester United has completed the signing of defender Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon for 20 million euros ($27 million), and sent Nani on loan to the Portuguese club.

The 24-year-old Rojo, who played for Argentina in the World Cup final loss to Germany last month, has signed a five-year contract.

Rojo says the ''Premier League is the most exciting league in the world and to have the chance to play in it for the world's biggest club is a dream for me.''

United's need to strengthen in defense was highlighted Saturday when the team opened the Premier League season with a 2-1 loss to Swansea in Louis van Gaal's debut as manager.

The 27-year-old Nani, who joined United from Sporting in 2007, is returning there for the 2014-15 season.

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