“Come at me bro.” Is that Louis van Gaal’s intention with Romero or is he trying to gain leverage over Victor Valdes?
Man United have a growing need for an extra goalkeeper and may have found their man with Argentina’s Sergio Romero.
According to the Telegraph, Man United boss Louis van Gaal sees Romero as a suitable replacement for disgruntled stopper Victor Valdes, who has reportedly asked for an exit from Old Trafford. Though Real Madrid and Roma are also seen as top contender’s for the 28-year-old free agent goalkeeper, Real Madrid’s recent acquisition of Kiko Casilla has left Man United as the No. 1 contender for his services.
Last year with U.C. Sampdoria in Serie A, Emiliano Viviano was the starting stopper and finished tied for fifth with 10 clean sheets – after the season, the club chose not to re-sign Romero.
Louis van Gaal has bitter memories of the last time he led a team against Romero, with the Argentinian star allowing zero goals and making a pair of sensational saves in the penalty shootout phase against his Netherlands national team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Romero and Argentina finished as the runner-up behind German in the tournament but the stopper finished in the top 3 for the World Cup’s Golden Glove award.