Well, it seems David De Gea is on his way out of Old Trafford this summer after speculation regarding a move to Real Madrid grows ever stronger. Manchester United reiterate that the 24-year-old is happy at the club but increasing transfer talk, along with the Red Devils' newest addition, has sparked rumours of a move to the Bernabeu.
This new addition is Argentinian International and former Monaco goalkeeper Sergio Romero, who was officially announced as a Manchester United player in the early hours of Monday morning. To be precise, the 28-year-old was announced as a squad player at around 1am UK time but, what can Manchester United fans expect from Sergio Romero?
Who is Sergio Romero?
With 62 caps to his name, Sergio Romero has made more appearances for Argentina than any other goalkeeper. Romero became Argentina's number one and was the preferred choice to Alejandro Sabella at the 2014 World Cup.
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Despite huge success at International level, Romero has struggled to gain first team action in recent months, making just three appearances in a loan spell that lasted 12 months at French side Monaco. The 28-year-old played second fiddle to Croatian shot stopper Danijel Subašić for long periods and struggled to impress at the Stade Louis.
The question on many supporters lips is, will he be cast under the same light as fellow Argentinian international Angel Di Maria after a poor campaign at Old Trafford. Recent performances may just answer that statement. Romero was deemed surplus to requirements at Sampdoria last season and found himself on the bench for the majority of his final year at the Stadio Luigi. He has played just 20 club games in the last two seasons for Monaco and Sampdoria, but Louis van Gaal has lured him back to his former mentor.
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Sergio Romero has, however, played in Holland, Italy, Argentina and France, gaining precious experience in countries across Europe. The Argentine does have over 60 appearances for his country, which is admirable. His relationship with Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is also a strength, but look what happened to Victor Valdes, who played under the Dutchman at Barcelona.
Relationship between LVG and Romero
The last time the pair exchanged words was in Brazil at the 2014 World Cup. Romero was representing Argentina in the semi-finals as Holland coach Louis van Gaal anticipated a historic victory. Romero eventually came out as winner on this occasion, saving two penalties to knock Holland out in a dramatic finale.
Manchester United boss van Gaal will have known all about Romero before the World Cup as he lead AZ Alkmaar to the Eredevisie title in 2009. Under the management of the 63-year-old, Romero kept a consecutive 950-minute clean sheet for AZ from November to February. Arguably the biggest factor towards AZ winning the title for the first time in 28 years.
Louis van Gaal has without doubt played a pivotal part in Romero's career, helping the goalkeeper find a club in Holland after making just six appearances with Racing Club. The Dutchman helped a 20-year-old Romero settle into the culture, teaching him the Dutch language in the process.
What can he bring to Manchester United?
A decent set of hands. Romero will likely play as cover to the number one goalkeeper spot at United, but when called upon, the 28-year-old will use his invaluable experience to settle into Premier League life with relative ease. Former Barcelona and United goalkeeper Victor Valdes failed to follow the 'Van Gaal' way, but expect Romero to keep his cool and impress in the reserves, if need be.
International team-mates Marcos Rojo and Angel Di Maria will be a comfort to the Argentine, with Nicolas Otamendi rumoured to be heading in the same direction as Romero. In terms of goalkeeping ability, he is known for his incredible record with penalties, saving 1/3 of all penalties in his career.
Romero could become a key acquisition for Manchester United if a certain David De Gea leaves Old Trafford this summer. Time will tell.
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