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.
The news caught the eye of one RBNY fan:
Paraguayan from Argentine league. NT player. Did MLS offer something? Come on dude. https://t.co/HqVex0Hy0O— Juan Mesa (@JuanMapu) July 8, 2016
As if on cue, Leo Paradizo reported for Argentine radio station Closs Continental:
Bombazo! Llegará una oferta de un equipo de la MLS por U$S 8M para comprar el pase de Oscar Romero. Se acerca a lo que #Racing pretende.— Leo Paradizo (@leoparadizo) July 8, 2016
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:
Fluminense continua tentando contratar Óscar Romero, irmão do Angel, do Corinthians, que joga no Racing. Vão aumentar a proposta— Bruno Guedes (@BrGuedes) July 9, 2016
Your move, unnamed MLS team.