Date: 30th August 2014 at 9:50am
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One thing is certain today and that is that our new Argentine signing Marcos Rojo will not be in the squad.

Although Manchester United are still waiting for a work permit to be issued, the suggestion, in the tabloid press, is that there are other pressing issues to be dealt with first, pressing issues that have left us wondering just when Rojo will play for United.

It appears that the thorny subject of third party ownership is proving to be a major difficulty

As we`ve reported before, Rojo is involved with Doyen Sports Investments who own 75 of his economic rights. It transpires that Doyen Sports put in most of the money when Sporting Lisbon signed Rojo from Spartak Moscow in 2012.

United have agreed to pay £16 million for the player, however due to Doyen`s involvement and a sell-on clause it appears that Sporting Lisbon will only receive £1 million of the fee.

The Portuguese outfit are insistent they will only pay Doyen Sports the figure they initially provided them to buy the player rather than the percentage Doyen Sports are insisting they are entitled to. It appears that the row could end up in court thereby affecting Rojo`s move to United being completed with the Premier League rules being emphasised by a spokesman who has remarked about the situation,

“When our clubs enter into negotiations to sign players from countries where the practice is permitted we work with them to make sure any third parties are bought out.”

“This has to take place before a player can be registered to play.”

What a right old mess!