The future of Sergio Romero was one of the longest, if lower profile, sagas of the transfer window that SLAMMED shut at 11pm last night.
The Manchester United keeper appears surplus to requirements at Old Trafford with Dean Henderson recalled from loan to battle it out with David DeGea for the club's starting spot. Romero was linked to a number of clubs throughout the summer. Aston Villa were said to be interested but couldn't to an agreement before eventually splashing out for Emi Martinez. Lately, Everton was seen as a likely destination with the club desperate to find a decent backup or challenger to Jordan Pickford. Last night, they signed Robin Olsen on a season long loan from Roma.
Romero may still move to a Championship club before the 15th October, but for now, it looks like he's stuck with very little to do this season. An insight in to how the player might be feeling about this came in the form of an angry outburst from his wife Eliana on Instagram last night.
Romero, who signed for the club in 2015, played in the Europa League final in 2017, a 2-0 win over Ajax that was United's last trophy win. Of the starting eleven for that game, only Romero, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata remain at the club.
Last season, he was once again picked in all Cup games, but was dropped for the out of form De Gea in all three semi-finals United made - three semi-finals they ultimately lost.
Romero's wife's outburst was another annoyance for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the Manchester United hierarchy on a busy but unsatisfying Transfer Deadline Day. The club brought in Edison Cavani, Alex Telles, and three teenagers Amad Diallo Traore from Atalanta, Uruguayan Facundo Pellistri, and 16-year-old centre-back Willy Kambwala. They also offloaded Chris Smalling to Roma.
Helpfully, Harry Redknapp responded to Eliana's Instagram post live on Sky Sports News last night, labeling it "crazy."
"It's unbelievable... When he gets his £100,000 a week, she's quite happy, but other than that...
"It's scary, isn't it, really?
"The player has to go in and sit down with the manager and say, 'look gaffer, I'm not happy. I want to play, I need to go somewhere and be second choice or even No1. Can you let me go?'
"It's for the player and the manager to sort out, not for his wife to go out on social media... it's crazy."