Marcos Rojo hands in transfer request to force through Manchester United move?

Marcos Rojo of Argentina celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Nigeria and Argentina at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 25, 2014
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Argentine left-back Marcos Rojo reportedly tells Sporting Lisbon that he is eager to move to Manchester United.

Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo has reportedly handed in a transfer request in a bid to secure a move to Manchester United.

A report in Portugal earlier today claimed that the Argentine international failed to turn up for training this morning following speculation that new United manager Louis van Gaal was keen on his services.

Further rumours have suggested that Sporting are only prepared to let the 24-year-old leave the club if the release clause in his contract is met, which is believed to be worth £15m.

However, Rojo has now attempted to force through the transfer by informing his Portuguese employers that he is eager to sign on at Old Trafford, according to Sky Sports News.

Rojo, who was a part of the Argentina squad that reached the final of this summer's World Cup, joined Sporting from Spartak Moscow in 2012.

Marcos Rojo of Argentina celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Nigeria and Argentina at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 25, 2014
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