Romero has returned to Samp after a loan spell at AS Monaco, but despite his impressive performances in the World Cup this summer, he is still not wanted by coach Sinisa Mihajlovic.
Liverpool have shown a firm interest in taking Romero off their hands, but there’s a new twist in the story - according to Sky Sport Italia, Coates could be used in a straight swap deal to swing the move their way.
Coates joined Liverpool from Nacional (Uruguay) in 211, but has failed to make an impact at Anfield.
Sebastian Coates, Liverpool (PA Photos)
Another option is a straight purchase, with a fee of £1.5million touted in the Italian media.
A Uruguay international, 23-year-old Coates fits the profile of the centre-back Sampdoria have been looking for. He just returned from a six-month loan with Nacional.
Other options for Sampdoria’s defender include Lisandro Lopez of Benfica.
Romero is Argentina's first-choice keeper but has struggled to nail down a club place since leaving AZ Alkmaar in 2011. However, he remained the top selection of former national team boss Alejandro Sabella, and had an excellent World Cup as his side lost 1-0 a.e.t. to Germany in the final.
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