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Rumor: $8 million bid from MLS for Racing Club's Oscar Romero

Seemed he was either going to Fluminense or staying put, but now MLS is allegedly in the mix.

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Oscar Romero is a 24-year-old attacking player of the sort of age and versatility that might be attractive to a team like the New York Red Bulls, not least because RBNY is a team that recently offloaded an important attacking player.

The Paraguay international currently plays in Argentina, for Racing Club. His twin brother, Angel, plays in Brazil for Corinthians, though it is Oscar who has accrued more international caps to date - so perhaps no great surprise to hear Fluminense had made an offer to at least ensure the brothers Romero were playing in the same country.

That bid has been reported as close to $8 million - not bad business for Racing, who signed Romero in January 2015 for a reported $2.7 million from Paraguayan club Cerro Porteno.

The news caught the eye of one RBNY fan:

As if on cue, Leo Paradizo reported for Argentine radio station Closs Continental:

What might be going on here is not so much made-to-order rumors for the RBNY faithful as some good old-fashioned negotiation by media. In an article for Ole, Juan Pablo Mendez points out that Racing has a habit of playing hardball in the transfer market - turning down an estimated $21 million in transfer fees so far this year.

News of a competing offer should perhaps be considered alongside the fact Racing Club president Victor Blanco reportedly told Argentina's Radio Libre that Romero is worth $9-10 million.

There is suggestion Fluminense will be back with another offer:

Your move, unnamed MLS team.