Everton are reportedly interested in Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero, according to reports.
ESPN are suggesting that the Argentine stopper is considered an option to challenge the under-performing Jordan Pickford. With Dean Henderson thriving on loan at Sheffield United, David De Gea still the number one choice at Old Trafford and youngster Joel Pereira present it could be Romero is considered dispensable by the Red Devils.
Leeds United are also mentioned as having an interest in the player but Everton could have one potentially massive advantage.
That is their director of football Marcel Brands and his pre-existing relationship with the stopper.
Brands was the man who first brought the youngster to Europe, snapping him up from Racing Club in 2007 whilst transfer chief at AZ Alkmaar.
Romero went on to become a big hit in the Netherlands, winning the Eredivisie title in 2008-09. When he was handed a new contract in 2008, Brands spoke warmly of the player.
“He has developed very strongly in the year and a half he has been here now,” Brands was quoted as saying by Voetbal International. “Sergio quickly adapted to the Netherlands.”
“When it became clear at the beginning of this season that he would win the competition (for first-choice), we wanted to make an appreciative gesture towards him. Sergio is a great talent and will become a very good keeper.”
The 33-year-old has gone on to become an exceptional keeper, winning 96 caps for his nation, and Everton would be lucky to have him join the club this summer.
He would provide genuine competition for Pickford, which might help the England international rediscover his best form at Goodison Park.