Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero is so desperate to leave Old Trafford he will give up a pay-off on his contract.
Romero, 33, has slipped down the pecking order at the club after the return of Dean Henderson from a loan spell at Sheffield United.
Henderson is seen as the man to push David de Gea and Romero was even asked as the third choice keeper in the Champions League squad.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted for Lee Grant, 37, as the third goalkeeper in the list submitted to UEFA last week.
Now after talks with the club and Romero’s representatives the keeper has pleaded for an exit this month.
The Sun reports that Romero is so eager to leave and play some football that he is willing to write off a £1.5m pay-off.
That’s the sum he would be owed if the club ripped up his contract. But the Argentinian will forgo that money.
Romero is in the final year of his contract and will be free to negotiate with clubs in January over a summer transfer.
There was interest from Aston Villa, Leeds and Everton in the transfer window.
The report claims that Everton had been willing to pay Romero’s full £100,000-a-week pay-packet to take him on loan. United though wanted a permanent sale and reportedly placed a £10m price tag in his head.
That led to the player’s wife venting her fury on Instagram.
She wrote (via the Daily Mail): “Sergio Romero worked hard for his club. Last trophy they won, they lifted it with him.
“He helped the team reach 4 finals/semi finals and then he was left on the bench only to lose them all.
“It is time for them to return the opportunity and let him go. RESPECT FOR ONCE!!!!’.”
She later clarified those comments and claimed: “It was a very stressful day for us. I have to say that I am sad, very sad on one and happy on the other hand.
“I am sad because Sergio deserved the opportunity to go to another club, he has shown what he can do and he worked every day.”
The tabloid has suggested that Romero is looking at a move to MLS
Dressing room support
Romero’s plight at Old Trafford has left “a number of Manchester United players” disappointed with the club’s stance.
ESPN report that United’s dressing room have expressed their sympathy with Romero’s situation, “with many to feel he has been unfairly frozen out”.
Romero was axed from the FA Cup semi-final team and the XI that lined up against Sevilla in the Europa League semi-final.
He had played in every game, bar two, before the last-four showdown with Sevilla and he was said to be ‘heartbroken’ at missing out.
“Of course it’s difficult to make [a decision] when Sergio has played well. He’s never let us down, or himself down – he’s such a professional guy. But David has been really good in training and he’s so ready,” said Solskjaer at the time.
“He saved us against Sevilla last time and I hope he proves to make the difference for us. It’s a privilege to have two good goalkeepers.”
Romero was also dropped against Chelsea in the FA Cup, despite playing in all five previous games last season.