Paraguayan play-maker Oscar Romero has been the subject of much speculation recently, including persistent links to MLS. Those links - most persuasively to Seattle Sounders, but also including mention of the New York Red Bulls - were severed by the revelation the player himself had turned down the chance to move to North America.
Reportedly, an ambitious MLS team met Racing Club's valuation of the player, offering $10 million. It was suggested the offer was accepted by the club, but not by Romero.
In an interview with Nicolas Montala, reporting for Argentine outlet Ole, Romero confirms the story. Montala notes that it is customary in Argentina for a player to receive a cut of the transfer fee, so Romero was turning down a decent sum for himself as well as his club.
But the 24-year-old states that he is happy to continue his career at Racing, remaining committed to the Argentine club until the right sort of offer (which he implies would be from a team in Europe) comes along. MLS is not the right sort of offer, he says, for this stage of his career:
Before I go there, I'd rather stay here.