Sampdoria goalkeeper Sergio Romero has denied reports that he snubbed a transfer deadline-day move to Manchester United. The Argentina international was linked with a move to Old Trafford last Monday, but a deal between the two clubs failed to materialise.
However, Romero insists the deal did not collapse because of him - hinting that he would have gratefully accepted the chance to join the Red Devils had the opportunity arisen.
"I had two or three possibilities but none of them were positively concluded," the 27-year-old told Il Secolo XIX. "I didn't ask for more money to go to Benfica and I also read that I turned down [Manchester] United.
"But in your opinion, would someone be able to refuse an offer from one of the world's top clubs?"
United wanted Romero
United were reportedly keen to bring Romero - one of the best-performing goalkeepers at this summer's World Cup finals in Brazil - to Old Trafford as back-up for David de Gea.
Anders Lindegaard, United's current second-choice goalkeeper, was expected to leave the Premier League giants over the summer - but the Denmark international remains with the club for the time being, possibly because of the Red Devils' failure to land Romero.
Romero keen on January move
The South American, though, is optimistic that he will secure a move - potentially to United - when the transfer window re-opens in January.
"I want to show my value here, so I'll be able to find my space," Romero added. "I've spoken with the president, the sporting director and coach Sinisa Mihajilovic, who told me that should I do good things, he will give me an opportunity."
Romero returned to Sampdoria this summer after spending the 2013-14 campaign on loan at AS Monaco, where he made just three league appearances.
Romero previously worked under Van Gaal
Prior to joining Sampdoria in 2011, he spent four seasons with AZ Alkmaar, where he worked under Van Gaal and helped the Dutch club secure the 2008-09 Eredivisie title against all the odds.
It appears that the opportunity to reunite with Van Gaal at one of the world's biggest clubs would be impossible for Romero to resist.
Furthermore, the Argentina international might now be even more inclined to join Manchester United now that his compatriots Angel di Maria and Marcos Rojo secured moves to Old Trafford earlier this summer.
However, United are unlikely to sanction a bid for Romero until the club find a buyer - or loan club - for 30-year-old Lindegaard.