Following the proposed transfer to Everton falling through this summer, the announcement that goalkeeper Sergio Romero has been rather unceremoniously left out of Manchester United’s Champions League squad this season certainly capped a rather frustrating week for the Argentine international.
To add insult to injury the Toffees ended up signing Robin Olsen from Roma instead after the proposed move for Romero was blocked.
Romero’s wife Eliana Guercio subsequently took to social media earlier this week saying:
“Sergio deserves the opportunity to go to another club and he has shown what he can do.
“He helped the team reach three semi-finals and then he was left on the bench for them and the side ended up losing them all.
“It is time for them to return the opportunity and let him go. Respect for once!”
The games that Guercio was referring to were the semi-final losses to Chelsea and Sevilla respectively, while the Argentine was also left on the bench for the two-legged Carabo Cup semi-final tie with Manchester City, having played in the earlier rounds of the competition.
So this begs the question, where could the former Sampdoria keeper go now? The 33-year old’s options are certainly limited after the closure of the International Transfer Window.
Romero could potentially move to a side in the Championship but this, however, would clearly be a significant step down for a goalkeeper, who just three years ago helped Jose Mourinho and The Red Devils to lift the Europa League.
The second option would be to look for a transfer to America and the MLS, as their window is still open until October 29.
The issue, however, with this particular move would be that a large majority of the season has already been played and with the play-offs in December, the Romero would find himself waiting until March 2021 when the new campaign begins.
The only other alternative, therefore would be sit tight until January and make do with the fact that he is now the third choice keeper in a United squad that contains David De Gea and Dean Henderson, who has recently signed a bumper new contract with the club.
Indeed, this shambolic and rather avoidable episode is just the latest in a number of significantly poor decisions by the Red Devils, in particular Chief Executive Ed Woodward and transfer negotiator Matt Judge in the transfer market.
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