Date published: Monday 9th November 2020 10:35
Sergio Romero remains hopeful Manchester United will let him leave for free in January, according to reports.
Romero has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford following the return of Dean Henderson from his loan spell at Sheffield United. It has left Romero as third-choice keeper.
In fact, the Argentine has been left out of United’s Premier League squad completely. Therefore, he is unable to play unless he can find a way to leave.
Romero was hoping to do so in the summer transfer window. He was a reported target for Everton, but United stood in the way of the deal.
Then, his attention turned to the MLS, where David Beckham’s Inter Miami were a potential suitor. However, they could not afford his £100,000-per-week wages.
Hence, Romero ended up staying on the books at Old Trafford, even though he wanted to leave. It prompted his wife to release a statement demanding more respect from United.
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Now, The Sun report that Romero is back in training for the first time since being dropped in favour of David De Gea for the Europa League semi-final defeat to Sevilla last season.
The 33-year-old had featured in nine of their 11 Europa League games up to that point. However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave De Gea a start for what was eventually their last European game of the season.
His snub caused a rift with Romero, who has not played in the Premier League since May 2018. It appears the damage was irreversible and that Romero will be looking to sever his ties with the club.
Romero training alone
Even though he is training again, he is doing so separately from the rest of the squad.
It has already been claimed that the former Sampdoria keeper would be willing to write off the £1.5m pay-off he would be owed if United were to cancel his contract.
There are two options for Romero. He could forgo that payment despite knowing he would be unlikely to receive similar wages elsewhere. That would free him up to leave without a transfer fee in January.
Alternatively, he could sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign team from January with a view to joining them next season.
His former club back in Argentina, Racing, have already expressed an interest in taking him back. However, he would need to take a significant paycut to move there.
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