Manchester United on Sunday finally announced the official signing of goalkeeper Sergio Romero on a free transfer. He last played with U.C. Sampdoria. He is seen as a replacement for Victor Valdes.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 27, 2015
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Romero played under manager Louis Van Gaal in the past as well, as he was the goalkeeper for AZ Alkmaar, where both Van Gaal and Romero won the Dutch league title together. Romero, 28, has had a lot of success recently. He was superb for Argentina in the 2014 World Cup as they finished runners cup to Germany. He was once again a runner up this past summer in the Copa America. Argentina lost in the final in a penalty shootout after drawing 0-0 through 120 minutes. Romero also held Colombia scoreless in the quarterfinals and managed the only save in the penalty kick shootout that earned Argentina the advance to the semi-final where they beat Peru 2-1.
Adding Romero gives Manchester United a solid, experienced and reliable backup goalkeeper, something the club has lacked for years. In the event of a departure of current #1 David De Gea, Romero is still expected to remain as the backup. If De Gea is eventually sold, the club would make another move. Either a big move, such as Hugo Lloris or Jan Oblak, or a smaller and cheaper Jasper Cillessen, but Romero would remain as the teams back up.