Summer Liverpool target denies rejecting Manchester United, would have signed

Sergio Romero

Liverpool-linked shot-stopper Sergio Romero laughed off claims he rejected Manchester United.

Argentine international goalkeeper Sergio Romero has refuted claims that he rejected a move to Manchester United this summer.

Speaking for the first time about his transfer activity, the former Monaco man questioned why anybody would turn down such a big club as United.

“I had two or three options, but none of them went well. I did not ask for more money from Benfica and I also read that I rejected United. Do you really think anyone would’ve turned down one of the world’s top clubs?” He said, quoted by Football Italia.

The current Sampdoria star was heavily linked with a move away from Serie A during the summer, with Liverpool said to be amongst the favourites to land him.

The Reds were on the lookout for a new goalkeeper to come in and challenge Simon Mignolet whilst also replacing the departing Pepe Reina.

According to Il Secolo XIX, Sampdoria wanted Romero’s reported earnings £1.2 million per year off the wage bill and sent his agent Mino Raiola to Merseyside in a bid to tie up a deal.

An expected move to Anfield, however, failed to materialise and the 27-year-old was later linked with a stunning deadline day move to both the Red Devils and city-rivals Manchester City.

Now, still at Sampdoria after a drawn-out and frustrating transfer saga, Romero has been left with little option but to knuckle down and try and win back his place in the team.

He said of the situation: “I want to prove my worth at Sampdoria, where I can find my room to play. I spoke to Ferrero, Osti and Mihajlovic, who said that if I do well he’ll give me an opportunity.”

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