According to divisions of the media renowned for their conveyance of spuriousness and misinformation, Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero is undergoing medical procedures prior to completing a move to Manchester United.
The Daily Star and Metro echo this claim in unison, prompting the bwin odds moguls to price up the transfer’s completion at 6/4, with 1/2 saying the deal is derailed.
Romero is the latest of many net minders to be linked with a move to Old Trafford, though his alleged targeting is probably the most puzzling.
A regular for the Albiceleste for several seasons – he has racked up 62 caps since his 2009 bow – the 28-year-old struggles to hold down a starting berth at even the most middling of club sides.
During his four-year stint at AZ Alkmaar, Romero established himself as Argentina’s first choice stopper, yet when the time came to depart the Eredivisie, the most enticing offer he received came from Serie B side Sampdoria.
He savoured number one status for two seasons in Genoa, the first of which saw the Blucherchiati return to Italy’s top flight, before being loaned to Monaco for the 2013/14 season.
Here game time was rare, with Romero providing cover to Danijel Subasic before returning to Sampdoria to play the same role for Emiliano Viviano, who you may not remember from the appearance-less 2013/14 campaign he recorded at Arsenal.
Upon his return to Liguria, Romero was handed just nine Serie A starts.
His stats across this small sample were relatively impressive, averaging 2.7 saves per game and 2.25 saves per goal conceded.
Incumbent Man Utd number one David de Gea boasts slightly inferior figures, with 2.11 saves per game 2.17 saves per concession made.
While these numbers may hold up to United’s player of the year, the fact he is considered secondary to a keeper who was below both Wojciech Szczesny and Lukas Fabianski during his brief Gunners tenure should act as sufficient warning against the Red Devils making such a move.