Paul Robinson has made an Everton transfer claim involving goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
The Lowdown: Romero leaves Manchester United
The 34-year-old is now a free agent after letting his contract run down at Manchester United.
Does Romero start for Everton over Pickford?
As reported by Football Insider last month, the Goodison Park outfit have offered the Argentina international a lucrative deal in order to try to win the race for his signature.
The Latest: Romero claim
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson – who is now a pundit after playing for the likes of Tottenham, Leeds and Blackburn – has claimed that Romero will not want to move to the Toffees if he is to be a backup for Jordan Pickford, and would not be able to force himself into becoming first choice under Rafa Benitez.
The 41-year-old commented:
“I cannot see anyone taking the gloves off Jordan Pickford at the moment. He has been exceptional at the Euros.
“I don’t think Romero wants to be in a situation when he is number two again. He has wasted enough time on the bench and I think he will want to go and play now.
“It would be very frustrating for him if he went to a club like Everton and did not play.
“He has done his time as an understudy. His next move has to be to a club where he is the number one.
“He is a good keeper who has brilliant distribution. He has been unfortunate at United.”
The Verdict: Competition does not hurt
Even though Pickford may well be the established number one at Goodison Park, it would not hurt for the England international to have some healthy competition in between the posts.
Romero would be perfect for that, given that he is already highly experienced in English football and would perhaps offer a calmer head than the 21-year-old Joao Virginia.
The 34-year-old has also won a fair share of accolades in his long footballing career, and he could be a good character to have off the pitch as well as on it.
Given that Romero would not cost a penny in transfer fees either, it would be a deal which the Toffees would be silly not to at least try to make.
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