Manchester United are set to sign goalkeeper Sergio Romero on a free transfer, Sky Italia are reporting.
Romero – who played for Argentina in last year’s World Cup Final – has been a free agent since his contract at Sampdoria expired last month, having played 71 games in a four year spell which was broken up by a year’s loan at Monaco where he was back up goalkeeper.
The goalkeeper, of course, was part of Louis van Gaal’s 2009 AZ Alkmaar team that won the Eredivisie.
Romero achieved 18 clean sheets in that league winning season until he broke his hand in the team locker room in frustration after a quarterfinal cup loss against NAC Breda.
He returned to first team action in April of that season to cap off a fine season in which AZ only conceded 22 goals, nine less than the next team in the division. Romero himself set a personal record of not conceding a goal for 950 minutes and thus setting the fourth longest stretch of time for goalkeepers not to have conceded a goal.
If signed, Romero will be United’s fifth senior incoming transfer this summer. The Mirror claim that the deal is so advanced he could be set for a medical.
Romero’s honours :
Johan Cruijff Shield: 2009
FIFA U-20 World Cup: 2007
South American Youth Championship: Runner-up 2007
Olympic Gold Medal: 2008
FIFA World Cup: Runner-up 2014
Copa América: Runner-up 2015