Goalkeeper Sergio Romero is considering a contract offer from Everton, according to a report from Football Insider.
Romero is to leave Manchester United after being named on the Red Devils’ released list, six years on from his arrival.
Football Insider claim the veteran Argentine fell out with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season after being denied a move away in search of more playing time.
Predominantly a back-up option, Romero only made seven Premier League appearances during his time at Old Trafford.
Everton’s pursuit of the 34-year-old may indicate that Robin Olsen will not be joining permanently.
Olsen provided cover and competition for the Blues’ no. 1 Jordan Pickford during his season-long loan from AS Roma.
Everton have tabled what’s described as a ‘lucrative contract’ as they look to secure a long-term target, claims Football Insider‘s Toffees source.
They unsuccessfully pursued a loan move for Romero last summer, with United reluctant to strengthen a possible rival.
But it’s not guaranteed that the Blues will get their man this time either amid ‘competing interest from top European clubs’.
Back-up goalkeepers don’t get much better than Romero, who consistently delivered when called upon by United, being hailed by fans and teammates alike – Eric Bailly called the shot-stopped an ‘immense talent‘.
So whilst this would be really strong business from Everton, it’d be a difficult move to understand from the player’s perspective.
If he was frustrated to be confined to a squad role at United, why would he accept the same at Everton?
Jordan Pickford’s excellent form in 2021 has surely made him the undisputed no. 1 at Goodison Park, and it feels unlikely Romero would bump him off the top of the pecking order.
Perhaps the explanation is that Romero doesn’t mind the lifestyle of a no. 2, earning his keep without being placed under significant pressure, but just wants a change of scenery from Old Trafford.
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