The questions surrounding the future of David de Gea forced Manchester United to swoop for Sergio Romero according to manager Louis van Gaal.
The Argentinian stopper, who joined on a free transfer following his release from Sampdoria, was confirmed as United's fifth summer signing in the early hours of Monday morning.
Speaking to the press on his clubs pre-season tour of the United States the 63-year-old said the uncertainty surrounding the future of De Gea and his potential move to Real Madrid caused the club to act.
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The Dutchman said: “I think that in our circumstances, with the threat that David de Gea is going to Real Madrid, we have to prepare our season. I think Sergio Romero can fulfil that because you have to move very quickly when things may happen with David de Gea.
“He is a very good choice. He is a very dominating goalkeeper, is tall and gives a lot of confidence to the players. He is very good with his feet, so he fits in our profile. I have a lot of confidence that he can fulfil what we are expecting.”
Despite Van Gaal's orders for De Gea to prepare for the upcoming season it appears the United boss is still not entirely sure the club's player of the season will still be at Old Trafford come the start of the new campaign.
However, with Sergio Ramos on the verge of agreeing a new deal at Real Madrid, De Gea could well be in for another season between the sticks at Old Trafford before he is able to join the Madrid club on a free transfer next season.
The Spaniard was back in action for United during their 3-1 win against Barcelona in the International Champions Cup and is going through his preparations for the new season, however if Madrid are to match his valuation then a deal could quickly be completed.
Romero's addition means that United are prepared should De Gea leave for pastures new this summer. It appears the Argentine has been drafted in to play second fiddle to the Spaniard, but would be a good deputy to call upon if he was needed.
Romero has struggled for game time in club football over the last couple of season, playing just 13 league games in two years, at Monaco and Sampdoria. The keeper is not short on experience however, having made 62 appearances for his country.
The 28-year-old was an ever present as Argentina were beaten finalists in the 2014 World Cup and 2015 Copa America.