Sergio Romero's busy deadline day ended without a transfer being agreed, so the pressure is on for him to prove his worth at Sampdoria.
Although the World Cup runner-up's abilities between the posts are well known, Sampdoria were keen to sell him due to his large wages and Romero had indicated that he was happy to find a new club.
The Serie A side must have been confident of cashing Romero in at the start of the summer with frequent links to Liverpool and Manchester United.
But agent Mino Raiola struggled to get any momentum behind a transfer and he flew to England to try and get a club to make a move.
That move did come from the unexpected source of Manchester City, who were looking for Romero as a back-up, but there were also reported offers from Monaco, Benfica and Galatasaray.
Now Romero faces a fight to be first choice at Sampdoria against Emiliano Viviano, who was brought in to help replace him, and Angelo da Costa.
It is fair to say that nobody really expected Romero to still be at Sampdoria and he may end up regretting being so stubborn over his wages if he ends up as a substitute.
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