Manchester United have reportedly been contacted by Everton over a possible late move for Sergio Romero before the transfer window slams shut.
According to English journalist Paul Joyce, Everton are reportedly in talks with Manchester United over the prospect of signing Sergio Romero in a late move. The Toffees wish to sign Romero on a loan deal, but United will only entertain offers for a permanent transfer.
Romero joined Manchester United from Sampdoria in the summer of 2015 and has since proven to be one of the best backup goalkeepers in the world. David de Gea’s deputy for half-a-decade now, the Argentine goalkeeper has primarily been used in cup competitions, but still has a top notch record to show for his efforts.
In 61 appearances for Manchester United, Romero has kept an astounding 39 clean sheets, letting in a mere 27 goals. However, despite his fabulous displays in goal, the Argentine’s time with the Red Devils seems to be coming to an end following the return of Dean Henderson from loan.
Henderson is now the backup goalkeeper for de Gea and has talked about his intention to fight for the first-choice slot. With Romero relegated to being third in the goalkeeping pecking order, it has been reported that Manchester United are ready to part ways with him. Everton are among the clubs that have shown an interest in him this summer.
At Goodison Park, Carlo Ancelotti currently has Jordan Pickford as his primary goalkeeping option. However, the English international has found himself to be under the pump lately after making a number of high-profile errors between the sticks, including some already this season. With Everton pushing for a return to Europe, Ancelotti can ill afford mistakes in goal.
Everton made contact over Sergio Romero [Man Utd] and/or Paulo Gazzaniga [Tottenham] as they look to bring in a goalkeeper to challenge Jordan Pickford. Everton prefer a loan move, but United and Spurs want permanent deals. Southampton confident on deal for Theo Walcott.
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) October 5, 2020
As a result, the need to sign a goalkeeper – one who could be an upgrade on Pickford – is imperative. And Romero, judging by his displays in the Manchester United goal, has the potential to be short-term upgrade that Ancelotti is seeking at Everton, who are also eyeing Paulo Gazzaniga, who has also been linked with Liverpool.
However, a major detail of the transfer will need to be agreed on before a deal can be completed. While Everton have discussed a loan move for Romero, Manchester United want to offload him on a permanent deal, which is essentially holding the deal up.
With just a few more hours remaining before the transfer window slams shut, something will have to give, especially considering Tottenham, like Manchester United’s stance with Romero, also want to sell Gazzaniga permanently instead of loaning him out.