Rumour Mongering: Marcos Rojo, aka Plan B

Julian Finney

With Liverpool's deal for Alberto Moreno stalled, a list of potential fall back options is forming, with rumours the club will bid for Sporting Lisbon's Marcos Rojo.

With sources close to Ajax confirming Liverpool have at least enquired about the possibility of signing Daley Blind, the stalled deal to bring Alberto Moreno to Anfield has at least one name on the list of fall back targets. According to the Metro, it may have a second: Sporting Lisbon's 24-year-old left back Marcos Rojo.

The defender is currently with Argentina at the World Cup, where he played 90 minutes in their opener against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday, but Liverpool are believed to have been tracking the player in Portugal for more than a year now.

Though Rojo does not appear to have the same upside the younger Moreno has, the Argentine is closer to the finished product than Liverpool's reported top defensive target. And he would be far cheaper, with it possible Sporting could be convinced to sell for around €12M—or a little more than half what Sevilla are attempting to get for Moreno.

Rojo, who moved to Sporting from Spartak in 2012 for €4M and began his career at Estudiantes, has quickly established himself as one of the best young players in the Portuguese league. He has scored five times in 49 league appearances for Sporting and made 24 appearances to date for the Argentinean national team.

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