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.
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.
Understand Argentina 'keeper Sergio Romero flying to watch MU v Barça in Santa Clara. Set to sign for Utd (from https://t.co/8Fl4WTmv3a)
— Andy Mitten (@AndyMitten) July 23, 2015
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.