Manchester United are poised to complete the signing of Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero, who is on his way to Santa Clara to watch his new teammates in action against Barcelona in the International Champions Cup on Saturday.
This is according to well-connected journalist Andy Mitten, who tweeted the news to his followers on Thursday night.
Romero, a free agent after leaving Sampdoria this summer, is expected to become United’s fifth summer signing after completing a routine medical over the coming days.
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It was reported earlier this week that the 28-year-old has already agreed personal terms with the Red Devils.
Romero will take the place of Manchester United’s out-of-favour back-up goalkeeper Victor Valdes, who was left out of the club’s pre-season tour of the United States following a bust-up with Louis van Gaal.
Romero to replace Valdes
Van Gaal plans to offload Valdes as soon as possible, although the former Barcelona star is now unlikely to join Valencia after the Spanish club completed the signing of Australia international Matthew Ryan.
With David de Gea’s future still far from certain - Real Madrid remain determined to sign the Spain international this summer despite acquiring the services of Kiko Casilla last week - there’s a chance Romero could start the season as Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper.
However, De Gea has been asked to play against Barcelona this weekend, and to get himself focused ahead of United’s Premier League opener against Tottenham on August 8.
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