Southampton have had a torrid transfer window in terms of players lost and that is particularly evident in their defence as Dejan Lovren joined Liverpool, Luke Shaw joined Manchester United, Callum Chamber joined Arsenal and Jose Fonte is linked to Cardiff City. The Daily Express are reporting though that their initial £11m bid for Argentine Marcos Rojo has been rebuffed.
Rojo is a centre half by trade by is able to fill in at left-back like he did for his country in this summer’s World Cup. This would be useful for the Saints who also signed Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand on loan.
Southampton have around £90m to play with after their summer sales and so the £16m asked for by Rojo’s Sporting Lisbon shouldn’t unsettle them too much. They will have to act fast though as Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea will all be following developments.
The 24 year old has 28 caps for Argentina and has played in 49 league games for Sporting CP after moving their from Spartak Moscow in July 2012.
By Gareth Thomas | July 31st, 2014