There is more goalkeeper talk involving Manchester United as the Red Devils are believed to be interested in Argentine Sergio Romero.
According to TalkSport, the 'keeper, who is a free agent after his contract with Sampdoria expired, is viewed as a good back-up option.
It is believed Roma are also in contact with the goalkeeper but United's interest could have a knock-on effect on current number one, David de Gea.
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28-year-old Romero is seen as a suitable back up to replace the potentially departing Victor Valdes, following the Spaniard's expulsion from United's pre-season tour squad.
With the latest rumblings from the De Gea to Real Madrid saga claiming the former Atletico Madrid could spend another season in Manchester, Romero could be brought in to warm the bench before a potential shot at the number one shirt following his departure.
Romero spent four years in Italy, with a loan season at Monaco in 2013-14. The Argentina number one only made 10 appearances for Sampdoria last season as he struggled to dislodge former Arsenal loanee Emiliano Viviano.
Despite his lack of first-team football, the former AZ Alkmaar man played a key role in his countries run to the final's of the 2014 World Cup and the 2015 Copa America. During Argentina's semi-final victory over Holland in Brazil last year the 'keeper was voted man of the match.
Rumours today have been circulating that Real Madrid have agreed a deal with De Gea that will see the Spaniard receive a €5 million signing-on fee next summer when his current contract with Manchester United due to end at the end of the coming season.
It seems pretty straight forward that Romero would not have the ability to dislodge De Gea as starting keeper at Old Trafford.
Having been linked with the likes of Tottenham stopper, Hugo Lloris and Ajax keeper, Jasper Cillessen in recent weeks, if their current player of the season does leave, it would be a surprise to see Romero take over given Valdes was deemed surplus to requirements.
The former Barcelona man made just two league appearances for the Red Devils following his arrival last season and was tipped by some to be a short term replacement for his compatriot.
Van Gaal's apparent interest in a new substitute goalkeeper could add some substance to the idea that De Gea will not be leaving Old Trafford this summer and with the 24-year-old currently training with his team-mates in America ahead of the new season the next twelve months could quite possibly be red for David.