The ex-Sampdoria goalkeeper is now a free agent and Man United have been negotiating with him in the last couple of weeks and are now close to finalising an agreement.
AS Roma were also believed to be interested in signing Romero but have now switched their attention to Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny who they are looking to sign on a one-year loan.
Victor Valdes‘ future lies away from Old Trafford and with Anders Lindegaard also looking likely to leave as he isn’t going to be United’s No.1, the arrival of Romero could complete a transformation of United’s goalkeepers.
Romero put the Netherlands to the sword in the World Cup semi-final with a man of the match winning performance in their penalty shoot-out, where his two saves from Wesley Sneijder and Ron Vlaar guided Argentina to the World Cup final at the expense of Van Gaal’s side.
Having also worked with Louis van Gaal at AZ Alkmaar, Romero knows about his philosophy and the demands he puts on players which puts him in good stead for hitting the ground running but there is every chance he is simply being signed as a back-up.
United are staying insistent that David de Gea is not for sale unless Real Madrid want to cough up a world record fee, which they are unwilling to do, so the Spaniard may still be the No.1 at Old Trafford by the time the transfer window closes in September.