No one can deny the abundance of wealth Manchester United has in the goalkeeper position but unfortunately, that wealth could potentially lead to trouble in the summer.
David De Gea has been a fixture in the number one keeper jersey for 9 years now, but like many players before him, age is starting to get to him and it seems he is being remembered more this season for his mistakes than his saves.
Most recently, De Gea made two huge mistakes in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Sunday that saw United eliminated for the tournament.
This is prompting numerous calls for on-loan keeper Dean Henderson, playing at Sheffield United, to get the chance to start for United next season. But Henderson has made it clear that he doesn’t want to return unless he is in the number one jersey.
Forgotten in all the rumors is backup keeper Sergio Romero. The same Sergio Romero who has an incredible record of 38 clean sheets in 59 games since arriving in 2015 after spells with Racing Club, AZ Alkmaar, Sampdoria, and Monaco.
Romero could easily be the starting keeper for 90% of the Premier League teams but he understands his role at United, playing as a backup to De Gea.
The Argentinian, who has 96 international caps to his name, has been the keeper of record for the majority of United’s cup and non-Premier League matches including every round of the FA Cup until last Sunday’s defeat to Chelsea.
Romero had therefore been expecting to play at Wembley and sources have told Metro.co.uk that the veteran was “really down” after being overlooked in favor of De Gea.
This isn’t the first time manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has pulled Romero as United progressed farther in a tournament.
Romero started in every round of the Carabao Cup earlier this season, only to get dropped in favor of De Gea once United reached the semi-final stage against Manchester City, which United subsequently lost.
Reports are starting to surface linking Romero with other Premier League clubs including Everton and newly-promoted Leeds as a potential number one keeper. Notably, he has a year left, with an option for an additional year, on his contract with United.
Romero has received other offers from teams in his home country of Argentina along with MLS teams over his tenure at United, and if Romero would leave this summer, United value the keeper at a meager fee of around £4m for the 33-year-old.
That price, if true, will not be ignored by teams looking for an experienced keeper next season.