Liverpool are closing in on Argentina international and Sampdoria goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

The Reds have reportedly made a £1.6million offer for his services.

Brendan Rodgers wants to bring in a quality back-up goalkeeper for the upcoming campaign. Liverpool will be competing in four competitions which includes the Champions League and presently don’t have a back-up goalkeeper who can be put between the posts whenever the manager feels the need. Even though Brad Jones has shown his quality on the few occasions he got a chance to, it is difficult to imagine him face a top European club in the Champions League in case Simon Mignolet gets injured or suspended.

Liverpool are in need of a goalkeeper to challenge Simon Mignolet for the No 1 spot after Pepe Reina left the club to join Bayern Munich for £2million last week. Romero was approached by the Reds this week.

Some English media outlets believed that the Reds were thinking of taking the Argentinean international on loan, but Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport says the transfer is now very close with Liverpool putting £1.6million (€2million) on the table.

Romero enjoyed a solid World Cup with his country and was Argentina’s hero in the penalty shoot-out with Holland. The 27-year-old helped his nation reach the finals of the tournament and was named on the three-man shortlist for FIFA’s Golden Glove award for the tournament’s best goalkeeper as a result, eventually losing out to Germany’s Manuel Neuer.

Romero started out his career with Argentinean club Racing Club de Avellaneda and at the end of his first season in 2007, he was bought by Dutch club AZ Alkmaar, which was managed at the time by Louis van Gaal. His time with the club was a success as he won the Dutch league with AZ in 2008/09 and was instrumental in his side remove Ajax, PSV and  Feyenoord’s domination in the country. He himself set a personal record of not conceding a goal for 950 minutes. In 2011, he joined serie B side Sampdoria for an estimated sum of € 3.5 million. He has been with the Italian club sine and has amassed 61 appearances with the side. Last season, he was sent on loan to Monaco. The French club had the option of making the move permanent for €5M. He was the back up to first choice, Subašić and could only get 3 appearances for the side.

Monaco didn’t exercise the clause of extending Romero’s stay and his parent club has  brought in Emiliano Viviano from Palermo as his replacement. Therefore, the Liverpool are not facing problems in landing the player are believed to be edging closer to a deal.