According to Daily Star, Manchester United are ready to let go of second-choice goalkeeper Sergio Romero. The Red Devils will allow him to leave the club for just $2.5 million in the January transfer window. Currently the Argentinian and Manchester United are in a bitter standoff.
Currently, he is the third-choice goalkeeper for Ole Gunnar Solskjær. It is said that he is not very happy about this development. United have David De Gea as their No.1 and then he has backed up Dean Henderson. He was desperate to leave the club this summer itself, however, no club was willing to match United’s evaluation of $5 million for the goalkeeper.
Thus this created a standoff between the club and the player. It is not a very pleasant situation for both parties involved. However, they are now willing to let him go for half of what they were asking for him in the summer. He joined the club from Sampdoria on a free transfer in 2015.
Since then he has been the second choice to David De Gea but he has been impressive whenever he has been chances. He initially signed a three-year contract which could be extended by one year by the club. The Argentinian also played in the Europa League final for United in 2016 and he kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 win over Ajax.
Hardball over a move to Everton in the summer
In the summer transfer window, Everton was interested in signing the 33 years old. However, the Red Devils played hardball over his move to Goodison Park. A loan deal was also a possibility but it was not agreed upon between the two clubs. Even the player’s wife took to Twitter and reacted angrily over his current club Manchester United.
The Red Devils had blocked his exit from the club. Subsequently, he was also left out of United’s squad from the Premier League and Champions League games as well. The Premier League giants even threatened Romero that they would extend his contract by one more year to increase his selling price.
Ed Woodward has made it a trademark to include an extension contract in player’s contracts. Players would sign a contract and then the club will have the liberty to extend it by a year whenever they want. So far they have done this David De Gea, who signed a new deal, and Paul Pogba as well.
Currently, he has been given the cold treatment by Ole Gunnar Solkjaer. He is yet to make an appearance for the club. At times when De Gea is being given a rest, Dean Henderson takes up his place. It would great news for Romero that the club is now willing to let him go in the January transfer window.
A need for backroom change at United?
Since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club, Ed Woodward has been running the club. He has been news for the wrong reasons, many have said that he is not capable enough to run a football club. Even former Manchester United manager pointed out that at Old Trafford they talk more about money and less about football.
From a commercial point of view, there is hardly any club that makes money like the Red Devils. Ed Woodward is a big reason for that. However, when it comes to football administration he is yet to truly show that he can run this club effectively. He has been criticized for failed transfers and poor signings as well.
The current Romero situation is just another example of what’s wrong at the club. The former Monaco shot-stopper has been very loyal to the club as a second-choice goalkeeper. It would have been logical to let him go when Dean Henderson become the number two behind De Gea.
The Red Devils should have shown more respect to him and allowed him to leave the club. Only for a few million, he was not allowed to leave the club. This is no way to treat a player who has spent more than five years at the club. Perhaps this is one of the situations which again indicate that administrative structures are required at Old Trafford.