Manchester United have completed the signing of Sergio Romero, or so Argentinean newspaper Ole' would have you believe.
The publication, building on reports coming from Italy’s Gazetta dello Sport yesterday that suggested Romero had agreed terms with United, states that rumours of the deal being done are factually correct, although the goalkeeper does still have to do a medical.
Romero on the move?
Seen by many as the ideal replacement to David de Gea due to his experience and lack of a football club at the moment, Romero won’t cost the Red Devils anything, but his arrival will pose plenty of questions.
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Indeed for one reason or another United fans are clueless when it comes to knowing for sure who will be acting as their number one next term.
Real Madrid’s persistence in the De Gea transfer saga means that there can be no assurances that the Spaniard won’t leave before the window ends, whilst Victor Valdes supposedly hammered the last nail into his own coffin by refusing to play for the club’s U21 side last year.
Van Gaal's determination
With that in mind it’s logical that Van Gaal would target another stopper, with Romero standing out as a leading candidate not only because he’s a free agent but also because he’s worked with the Dutchman before.
The pair developed a healthy relationship at AZ Alkmaar in Holland, and it’s believed Van Gaal maintains a good deal of respect for his abilities between the sticks.
Today's print report from Ole
He’s certainly a more esteemed option that United’s third-choice, Anders Lindegaard, and so if he is purchased it could allude to the idea that De Gea and Valdes are both soon to be on their way.
A summer of change
Whilst few fans will shed many tears if Valdes leaves the club will naturally go into a state of shock if and when De Gea makes his protracted move to Real. For the past two years he’s been the cornerstone of the side, and replacing him won’t be easy, even for a ‘keeper with Romero’s pedigree.
It’s needless to say that nothing has been officially confirmed yet, and probably won’t be for a few days. It may be that United wait to get rid of either Valdes or De Gea before announcing Romero, or it may transpire that the Argentinian isn’t moving to Old Trafford after all.
United fans, would you be happy if Romero was announced as your player in the coming days? Can he replace De Gea? Let us know in the comments box below.