Manchester United is already preparing for the exit of David de Gea, as the Premier League outfit has signed Argentine international goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
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Romero, 28, has arrived from Serie A side Sampdoria on a free transfer and has signed a three-year contract at United. He has been the starting goalkeeper for La Albiceleste since 2010 and played under United boss Louis van Gaal in the past when the duo won the Eredivisie with AZ Alkmaar in 2009.
With uncertainty remaining around de Gea’s situation and Victor Valdes frozen out by van Gaal, getting in a new goalkeeper this summer was of paramount importance as youngster Sam Johnstone was the only other option.
Speaking about the reason for signing Romero, van Gaal was typically blunt and up front.
“I think that in our circumstances, with the threat that David de Gea is going to Real Madrid, we have to prepare our season,” van Gaal said. “I think Sergio Romero can fulfill that because you have to handle very quickly when it may happen with David de Gea.”
Romero struggled to get in Sampdoria’s team last team, only playing 11 times, but the Argentine has showcased his talents on the world stage and made some crucial penalty kick saves when Argentina beat the Netherlands, coached by LVG, in the 2014 World Cup semifinals.
With Real Madrid playing hardball over the potential purchase of DDG and not wanting to include club captain Sergio Ramos in any deal, plus signing Kiko Casilla after selling club legend Iker Casillas to FC Porto, United are now preparing for life without their Spanish ‘keeper even if it means Romero will sit on the bench for his first season at Old Trafford.
De Gea is likely to leave on a free transfer next summer, but van Gaal is letting his current No. 1 know that every player is replaceable and this move to sign Romero could force de Gea into either signing a new deal with the Red Devils or sealing his move to Real this summer so United can recoup some cash. Either way, Romero becomes United’s fifth signing of a busy summer but plenty more ins and outs are expected.