Sergio Romero set to watch Manchester United take on Barcelona ahead of transfer

by Sam Peoples

United we Stand editor and freelance journalist Andy Mitten has confirmed that goalkeeper Sergio Romero is set to watch Manchester United’s pre-season tour match with Barcelona this weekend, prior to joining the club.

Talks between Man United and Sampdoria over the Argentine started earlier this month and Louis van Gaal was reportedly ‘one step away’ from signing the 28 year old on Tuesday.

The latest reports, also covered by ESPN, say Romero will now fly out to USA this weekend to complete his move and join up with the squad straight away.

With Victor Valdes set to leave United, Romero would come in as a like-for-like replacement.



As the David De Gea transfer saga wears on it is uncertain to tell whether Romero will be assuming the role of first choice keeper or second choice keeper at United.

Romero, who knows van Gaal well from his time at AZ Alkmaar, would be an ideal replacement for departing keeper Victor Valdes given his experience and reliability. However, question marks surround his capacity to step up as van Gaal’s first choice keeper, should De Gea leave the club in this transfer window.

A tall, somewhat lanky figure, Romero is a robust, accomplished shot stopper. Stints at AZ and Sampdoria have seen Romero develop into a dependable asset in goal, but moving to the Premier League is immensely challenging for any incoming keeper.

United, a club that advocates attacking, dominating football, have been far too dependent on their keepers in recent times. Last year, the onus was on De Gea to save United. This cannot continue; instead, it’s up to the attacking players to get United out of trouble.

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