Manchester United have confirmed overnight that they have completed the signing of former Sampdoria goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
The 28-year-old has put pen to paper on a three-year contract at Old Trafford, and will likely be a replacement for Victor Valdes, who is set to leave the club.
The Argentinian international was previously linked with Real Madrid and Roma, however the Red Devils have now confirmed him as their fifth summer signing, following the likes of Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Matteo Darmian.
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Boss Louis van Gaal said in a statement on the official Manchester United website, released overnight during their pre-season tour of north America: “Sergio is a very talented goalkeeper. He was a young keeper during my time at AZ Alkmaar and I am delighted he is joining Manchester United.
"He had a fantastic World Cup last summer in Brazil, although that is something I have put to the back of my mind! He will be a great addition to the team and I am looking forward to working with him once again."
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Romero left Sampdoria at the end of his contract earlier this summer having spent part of last term on loan with Monaco. The shotstopper started his career with Racing club in Argentina, and spent two years under Van Gaal in Holland.
Romero's arrival is unlikely to have any impact on the future of David de Gea, who has been heavily linked with a move away from Manchester United.
The Spanish international has one year remaining on his contract at Old Trafford and so far he has refused to sign an extension. The Red Devils are resigned to losing him but won't let him join Real Madrid this summer unless defender Sergio Ramos is offered in return.
Romero is a solid addition to the Manchester United squad, and having worked with Van Gaal before there's no chance he won't 'buy into the philosophy' like Valdes - which ultimately cost him his career at Old Trafford.
The Argentine international said 'to play for the biggest club in the world is a dream come true' however it remains unclear how much he will actually play.
Of course De Gea is number one although the club are resigned to losing him for nothing next year, if not this summer. Romero is good enough to take his place if he does leave before next month, however he can surely only be a short-term option as number one.
Is Romero good enough to be Manchester United number one?
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