Manchester United in talks with Sergio Romero

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Manchester United are in transfer talks with Sampdoria goalkeeper Sergio Romero as Louis Van Gaal looks for a back-up to David De Gea.

According to reports in Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, the Argentina international is in discussions with Manchester United officials in Rome as the transfer deadline nears. Liverpool were once mooted as a destination.

They'll have to be quick to secure a deal with just hours to go, but United fans will be relieved to see that the club has already clinched the signing of versatile Ajax star Daley Blind.

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Radamel Falcao looks set to join the Old Trafford club on loan as well as United agreed to pay his astronomical wages.

Previous stint at Monaco

And the final piece of the transfer window puzzle could be Romero, who spent last season as a teammate of Falcao's on loan at Monaco.

He made just a handful of Ligue 1 appearances but impressed for Argentina at the World Cup as his country made it to the final. And Van Gaal, who is looking for an alternative to first-choice De Gea, is keen to bring him in for the right price.

Agent key

Key to the deal is the player's agent Mino Raiola, who also represents Paul Pogba. Liverpool were also strong contenders for his signature heading into the final few days of the window, as Brendan Rodgers too was looking for back-up to his first-choice, Belgium international Simon Mignolet.

Mignolet is not completely trusted by the Liverpool hierarchy, and he does not have strong competition for his place with Brad Jones backing him up. Liverpool let Pepe Reina go because they could not afford his wages sitting on the bench.

But Romero would be a cheaper option and still provide serious competition for Mignolet or De Gea. Louis Van Gaal initially went for new Feyenoord stopper Kenneth Vermeer, but has turned to Romero as a solid second choice.

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