Watch: Fabrizio Romano on ‘shocking’ Messi move & Ronaldo’s Man Utd return
Journalist Fabrizio Romano has been looking back at an extraordinary summer transfer window during a brilliant interview with UMM.
Romano, who has over five million followers on Twitter, is renowned for his coverage of the transfer market and his ‘Here we go’ catchphrase.
The reporter has covered hundreds of big deals this year, including Lionel Messi’s shock departure from Barcelona and subsequent move to Paris Saint-Germain.
“Yes and I think it will be for many, many years,” Romano told UMM after being asked if Messi was the most shocking deal he has ever reported on.
“Because Leo Messi was in Barcelona with his father to sign the contract and five hours later he was leaving the club. Incredible, really, really incredible. And then three days later he was in Paris with the shirt of Paris Saint-Germain so it’s something shocking.”
But Messi’s move to PSG wasn’t the only transfer that sent shockwaves across the footballing world during the summer. After three years at Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo decided to leave and complete a dramatic return to Manchester United.
Ronaldo had been linked with a move to Manchester City but Romano was one of the first people to report on Ronaldo’s decision to go back to Old Trafford.
“My feeling during the three or four days of negotiation with Manchester City, and they were not closing the deal and not agreeing on personal terms, so they were still missing something before closing the deal with Juventus and Cristiano – I was feeling something strange was going to happen,” Romano says.
“Because if you want to sign a player like Ronaldo in two days you are going to complete everything. Look at Manchester United, in 24 hours they complete the deal. Man City were not so quick and the message was something strange is happening.”
The transfer window has only just shut but the rumour mill doesn’t stop and people are already discussing what could happen next year.
Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland has a release clause of £68million in 2022 and has been linked with Europe’s biggest clubs.
“This one is a possibility but I’m not absolutely sure,” Romano said when asked if Haaland will move to the Premier League. “You know why? Sometimes in football, we are used to seeing players picking their next club only about money. But Haaland always decided in his career about the project.
“He had the chance of joining Juventus four years ago and he said no I’ll go to Salzburg because in this moment it’s the best way for me. He had the chance of joining Manchester United, and he said no I’ll go to Borussia Dortmund because I want be a starter and play all the matches. So he’s always picking the project.”
To hear this and much more from Romano, watch the full interview below or head over to the UMM YouTube page.