The Sun has reported that Boca Juniors are contemplating in making a move for Manchester United’s backup goalkeeper Sergio Romero. The 29-year-old was brought in as the replacement for Victor Valdes in the summer of 2015. He was a free transfer from Italian outfit Sampdoria. Romero knew exactly that he would not be getting a raft of first-team opportunities at Manchester United considering that David de Gea’s stay at the club was confirmed by then. However, the opportunity to play for a club like United looked extremely hard to turn down at the age of 29.
Now, it seems that Romero is realising that his time in the game may soon be coming down as he approaches 30. Even though 30 is not a far-fetched age for a goalkeeper, Romero knows that he has less than a decade at the top level of the game. Even Boca Juniors seem to be aware of the situation, as they have targeted the player when he has less than 18 months of his contract. United are unlikely to be stubborn about any transfer fee that they may receive for the player, as he came on a Bosman, but they would be unlikely to let the player leave in January.
This is because United lack an excellent third choice goalkeeper. Further, David De Gea’s contract runs out in the summer of 2019, and he is hoping for a massive increase in his wages. Even at this moment, David de Gea is one of the best-paid goalkeepers in the world as his contract gives him £10 million per year.
De Gea is reportedly looking for around £15 million per year in order to stay at Old Trafford. Further, the club also let highly rated young goalkeeper Sam Johnstone join Aston Villa on a loan deal a few weeks ago. He may not be back at the club until the summer, while there are even rumours that he may stay at Villa Park on a permanent basis given the impressive start he has had to his life at the club. Amidst such uncertain conditions, Romero may be retained by Jose Mourinho.
However, the 29-year-old will find it hard to turn down the prospect of playing for a club like Boca Juniors. After having started his career with Racing Club in 2006, Romero moved to Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar after just one year. From there, he went to Sampdoria and has now joined United on a permanent basis.