Real Madrid have entered the race to sign Manchester United target Sergio Romero on a free transfer according to reports.
The former Sampdoria goalkeeper, who spent time on loan with Monaco, left the club when his contract expired earlier this summer, and has held talks with a host of top clubs across Europe.
Chief amongst the 28-year-old's suitors are Manchester United and Roma, who have both made offers for his services. The Mail report that the Red Devils hold the upper hand having offered wages of £1.4 million a year - more than Roma are capable of offering.
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However Real Madrid could complicate things by entering the race to sign the Argentinian international according to the Daily Mail.
The Spanish giants have let club legend Iker Casillas join Porto and their attempts to land Kiko Casilla have so far failed, meaning they have turned to Romero.
Their number one target is of course Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, however talks with the Premier League club have so far gone nowhere.
De Gea is in the final year of his contract and has so far refused to sign an extension worth £200,000-per-week and is keen on a return to Spain, however Manchester United will reportedly let him leave for nothing next year rather than sell him now - unless a record offer for a 'keeper is made.
According to the Mail, Manchester United see Romero as a genuine replacement for De Gea who could be the club's number one, while Real Madrid will likely only target him if a deal for for the Red Devils shotstopper falls through. The Spanish club can already call upon the services of Keylor Navas.
Another goalkeeper on the move is Victor Valdes. Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal confirmed yesterday that he will be sold after refusing to play for the reserves last term, having penned an 18-month contract in January.
This story smacks a little bit of trouble-making from Real Madrid. They have no real need for a solid-but-not-specular goalkeeper, they need a genuine world class star which is exactly what De Gea is.
It seems as though they are trying to back Manchester United into a corner in order to get them back to the negotiating table. De Gea wants to move and a deal is surely inevitable, however Manchester United are digging their heels in and this one will drag on and on.