ESPN have claimed that Chelsea are also interested in signing Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero this summer, joining Leeds United and Everton in the race to land the Argentine stopper.
Romero, 33, was dropped by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier this week as Manchester United were knocked out of the Europa league at the semi-final stage by Sevilla – with the United gaffer choosing David De Gea instead.
It may prove the last straw for Romero. Conceding just 27 goals in 61 games and keeping a whopping 39 clean sheets, he has entered the final year of his contract and interest is piling up in the Argentina international’s services.
Dean Henderson could remain at Old Trafford this summer instead of going on loan, and that may force Romero to move. ESPN claim Chelsea are keen, as are Leeds and Everton who have been previously linked.
TBR’s view – Which club is best for Romero?
At Leeds, the chances are that Romero would become the club’s number one. Illan Meslier is still regarded as a rookie, while Kiko Casilla continues to be linked with a return to Spain – just 18 months after joining Leeds.
Jordan Pickford continues to come under criticism at Everton and while the signing of Romero is likely to see him remain second choice, he would have a real chance of breaking past the stuttering England goalkeeper.
Similarly, at Chelsea, Kepa Arrizabalaga is likely to remain number one with Willy Caballero in the final year of his contract. Though Romero may play back-up, he has a chance of breaking past Kepa.
But given that Leeds boasts the best chance of becoming first choice, and the chance to work under Argentine legend Marcelo Bielsa – surely a move to Elland Road is £70,000-a-week (Spotrac) Romero’s best move?