Sergio Romero set to leave Manchester United to make space for Dean Henderson

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to increase competition for David de Gea.

Goalkeeper Sergio Romero is well poised to leave Manchester United in the current transfer window. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants emerging Dean Henderson to compete with David de Gea for the starting spot next season. The Argentine shot-stopper has attracted interest from multiple Premier League clubs.

Sergio Romero arrived at Man United as a free transfer when his contract with Sampdoria expired in 2015. Signed as a David de Gea replacement, the Argentina international settled for a deputy role since De Gea’s move to Real Madrid fell through spectacularly on the deadline day.

Romero has been a spectacular servant for Manchester United and has never complained about the lack of consistent game time. The 33-year-old played a vital role in club’s Europa League victory in 2017. This season, however, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer entrusted David de Gea to feature in the cup fixtures, too.

The snub from Solskjaer has been a pivotal factor in Sergio Romero’s decision to seek regular games away from Manchester United. It is understood that Aston Villa have expressed the most interest in signing the former AZ Alkmaar keeper, as per Laurie Whitwell for The Athletic.

Furthermore, Manchester United chiefs are expecting a transfer fee in the region of £8m- £10m. Despite signing Donny Van de Beek from Ajax, the club insiders are keenly monitoring the situation around Villa skipper Jack Grealish and are prepared to offer Sergio Romero as a partial makeweight in a part-exchange deal.

In addition to Aston Villa, Everton were keen on making an inquiry on Sergio Romero, however, the financial commitment towards midfield bolstering has ceded the Toffees into exploring a free transfer in the goalkeeping department.

Chelsea, too, have monitored the situation closely as they seek a new option to start between the sticks following an underwhelming spell from record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga. But the eagerness was shortlived as the Blues decided to pursue a younger profile than Sergio Romero, 33, thereby keeping close tabs on Edouard Mendy, 28.

Since Dean Henderson’s fresh contract worth £120,000-per-week was penned, it has been certain that Sergio Romero would be further deprived of the first-team action. Post-extension, the Argentina international has been on a lookout for a better project away from Old Trafford.

It is yet to be seen whether Romero gets his desired move away from United or he is tied down in a goalkeeping resource which arguably would be ranked as the best in the world.

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