Manchester United officially announced the signing of Argentinian goalkeeper Sergio Romero last night.
The 28-year-old becomes the second goalkeeper to join on a free transfer within the space of six months following in Victor Valdes‘ footsteps from last January and he is widely expected to replace Valdes as United’s back-up in Louis van Gaal‘s squad.
Romero is the fifth first-team signing by Van Gaal this year and although he is Argentina’s first-choice goalkeeper, there is some concern over what his arrival means because of its wider implications.
David de Gea‘s future is still very much uncertain and some fans are worried that Romero’s arrival is a prelude to his move to Real Madrid this summer. On the other hand, others are convinced he will not become United’s No.1 goalkeeper any time soon:
Romero confirmed and Van Gaal insisted he won't stop there. #MUFC
— Peter Hall (@PeteHall86) July 27, 2015
Ayyyyyy, happy Romero pic.twitter.com/2UvMbvmCWK
— CR (@SchneidBastard) July 27, 2015
I guess Romero will follow the philosophy and never refuse the challenge of playing at Leigh Sports Village then! #mufc
— Amarpreet Singh (@Amarpreet_87) July 27, 2015
Romero to replace De Gea + Johnstone to replace Valdes? De Gea to stay + Romero to replace Valdes? #GoalkeeperTombola
— MUFC Peoples Person (@PeoplesPerson_) July 27, 2015
Sergio Romero isn’t a potential De Gea replacement. He’s clearly been bought to replace Valdes. A very solid back-up keeper, too.
— Andrew Gaffney (@GaffneyVLC) July 27, 2015
I refuse to believe Romero is at United as backup … He's Argentina's first choice isn't he?
— Dan Townley (@Dan_Townley) July 27, 2015
Don't understand the negativity of some United fans to the signing of Romero, huge experience & worked with LvG before, trust the boss ??
— Jon Bassett (@Bertie_B1977) July 27, 2015
Will give Romero until December before he moans about culture/weather and the fact he didn't realise it goes dark at half three.
— Stu M (@uggy7) July 27, 2015
It’s a tricky one to gauge. On paper, a World Cup runner-up and first choice goalkeeper for Argentina is only going to settle for the No.1 position but when you consider he has joined as a free agent after being released by Sampdoria then you realise he is hardly in a position of strength, so a back-up spot might seem appealing for the time being.
Fans want De Gea to stay this summer and see it as one of the most important deals of the window but has Romero’s arrival put plans into motion for his move to Real Madrid to be completed?