Aston Villa are moving closer to finding genuine competition for Tom Heaton in Sergio Romero.
Words: Regan Foy | @findfoy
Aston Villa look like they will forgo interest in Jasper Cillessen and move for a proven Premier-League level goalkeeper in Manchester United’s Sergio Romero.
Romero became available in this transfer window following Dean Henderson signing a new six-year deal at Manchester United, meaning the ‘best second choice goalkeeper in the league’ is now looking to move in the hunt for more regular playing time.
The 33-year-old has a year remaining on his current deal at Old Trafford, and despite impressive appearances following injuries to David De Gea, as well as appearances in Europe and cup competitions.
The Argentina stopper played nine games as United reached the Semi-Final of the Europa League, conceding just two goals in nine games.
Sources feel that Romero feels disrespected following his change in circumstance at the club, and his five year spell looks to end as Aston Villa reportedly agree an £8,000,000 fee with add-ons.
A number of sources reported that Manchester United could use a makeweight in a deal for Jack Grealish – yet these reports have recently been downplayed following the arrival of Donny van de Beek – and further so as the fee has reportedly been agreed.
Romero joined the Old Trafford outfit as De Gea looked likely to join Real Madrid and initially looked to be their number one having played in the World Cup Final with Argentina in 2014 with the Spaniard’s impending “exit”.
The Argentine brings strong defence-organising communication, shot-stopping ability and more and will provide excellent competition for Tom Heaton, who is returning from injury.