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Transfer Balls: Manchester United And The Marcos Rojo Spies

by | 16th, August 2014

TRANSFER Balls: Is Marcos Rojo heading to Manchester United or not? The Red Devils have bid for the Argentinean. But his club want more money.  In reaction, Rojos has chucked his toys and refused to train with the squad.

Manchester United, still eager to sign Rojo, have seen a £15-odd million bid rejected as reports about problems with the player’s third-party ownership by the Doyen Sports group continue to rumble on.

Yesterday Sporting released a club statement  in which they accuse an unnamed club  of using an impromptu visit to the Jose Alvalade stadium to sneak the CEO of Doyen Sports (a powerful group of super-agents) in for a hush-hush meeting with Rojo by disguising him as an employee of the visiting club.

Here’s the salient bits from Sporting’s statement  billed a “SAD Press Release”. It boils down to Sporting claiming the player’s third party owners, Doyen Sports, looked to sell the 24-year-old without their agreement. Doyen own 75 per cent of the player.

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It’s all wordy and bitter:

…In reflection of the transparency that all those who have a role in the world of football should be guided by, it is important that Doyen identifies their corporate group structure, as statements are being made regarding societies which have never have anything to do with Sporting; such as Doyen Marketing, of which company it is important to identify financiers and beneficial owners;

…Through the athlete’s (Rojo) agent, Sporting accepted the possibility of his transfer under conditions which were advantageous for the club and which would have allowed for upkeep of other assets. The need for complete secrecy relative to the player was constantly inferred, in order to ensure that his performance would not be affected; especially considering that his transfer was not guaranteed. On the 23rd of July, Sporting’s intention to keep the athlete was communicated, in light of which the player should have immediately been removed from the transfer market. Sporting was guaranteed that this would be the case and that the club’s will would be respected. Surprisingly, it was only after that exchange that Sporting was confronted with offers for the player. As of that time and in going against that which was agreed, meetings were held between various clubs and Doyen to make offers for the player Marcos Rojo;

On 02/08/2014, Sporting received a written proposal for the acquisition of the player, which was flatly rejected in conformity with that which had been agreed with the player’s agent;

Following the rejection of the proposal and a request for a meeting, that same club made a surprise visit to Estádio José Alvalade, with that club thereby being received out of courtesy by an member Sporting’s Board of Directors;

Subsequently, Sporting became aware that Doyen took part in the resulting meeting, namely by convincing the member of Sporting’s board of Directors that the person in question was as member of the visiting club and not in fact the CEO of Doyen. The situation was masked to such a degree that the person in question did not at any time speak in Portuguese, communicating at all times in the language used by the visiting club;

On 07/08/2014, Sporting informed Doyen via email that the club had sent the contracts involving the economic rights of

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