Arsenal Planning A Shock Move For United Goalkeeper

Manchester United's Sergio Romero, Joel Castro Pereira and David De Gea during training.

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Manchester United No. 2 goalkeeper Sergio Romero could be snapped up by Premier League rivals Arsenal in the near future, with the Argentinian not getting many games at Old Trafford.

Romero, who was instrumental in helping the club to a maiden Europa League title last season, made 18 appearances in 2016-17. This term too, he has had to settle for a handful of appearances behind the first-choice David De Gea.

The Argentinian has been given outings in the Carabao Cup and also the last two Champions League encounters, with the manager citing the shot-stopper as one of the best in the world.

It is although believed that the goalkeeper is hungry for more game time, but he knows with De Gea in the side, he will always be the second choice keeper.

Both De Gea and Romero have shared a good friendship, however, and the United squad is said to be a happy unit under Jose. But now, reports are claiming that the 30-year-old has been identified as an option by Arsenal.

Bookmakers Ladbrokes believe the keeper could be heading out of Old Trafford in the near future, and the London club could be a possible destination.

Meanwhile, Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said that Wenger looks set to take advantage of the situation, as Romero could never break into Jose’s plans with De Gea in the side.

Apati stated: “With David de Gea on the scene, Romero is never going to break into Mourinho’s first-team plans – and it now looks likely that Wenger will take advantage of the Argentine’s availability.”

De Gea’s superb form has seen Romero feature in just six Premier League games since joining United from Sampdoria in July 2015. The latter is expected to lead Argentina in next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, and could assess his options post that.

Arsenal currently have veteran stopper Petr Cech as their No. 1, and once he departs, Romero could very well end up being his key replacement.

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Written by Rajdeep Saha 

Sports journalist with stints across print, digital and television. Contribution to each medium has been thrilling. Experienced in writing for this passionate game called football. Journalist by choice and passion.


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