Another name has surfaced as a potential Seattle Sounders transfer target: Oscar Romero, a creative midfielder who currently plays for Argentina’s Racing Club and the Paraguay national team.
By all appearances, Romero would be a very expensive signing. Racing are supposedly looking for about $10 million and have reportedly turned down an $8 million offer from Brazil’s Fluminense.
Still, there’s at least some reason to think this is a player the Sounders are considering him.
Reports out of Argentina have said an unnamed MLS team has bid on Romero’s services. Romero was among the players Sounders head scout Chris Henderson watched play during his trip to South America in March and MLSsoccer.com’s Matt Doyle mentioned the 24-year-old as a target in a recent column.
Even if the Sounders are really bidding on Romero, it’s unclear if he’s their top choice or if they are more interested in Nicolas Loderio. The last report from Boca Juniors was that they expected to have a better idea about their midfielder’s future today.
Romero does fit the Sounders’ stated desire to sign a creative midfielder. Romero is very good on the ball and excels in one-on-one situations, while keeping an eye open for teammates. He’s also developing a bit of a scoring touch, bagging eight goals in a little less than 2,000 Primera Division minutes since making the move to Racing in 2015.
Romero also has the advantage of being three years younger than Lodeiro, and coming out of a natural offseason. Lodeiro’s availability could also be pushed back until the end of July, depending on what happens in the second leg of Boca Junior’s Copa Libertadores semifinal on Thursday.