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Brighton signing this frozen out 33-year-old Man United star would be a fantastic move

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Why Brighton should sign Sergio Romero to replace Matt Ryan

According to Daily Mail, Brighton have shown interest in Manchester United outcast Sergio Romero. With Mat Ryan’s future in the air after losing the number one spot to Robert Sanchez, Brighton are said to be open to letting the Australian leave. Romero, on the other hand, has fallen down the pecking order and has not featured for United this season.

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The 33-year-old started his senior career at Racing Club in his native Argentina back in 2006. A year later, he moved to Europe with AZ. He won the league in 2009 under Louis van Gaal. He then moved to Italy and joined Sampdoria, helping the club gain promotion in 2012. In 74 games, he kept 25 clean sheets. (h/t Transfermarkt)

A loan move to Monaco followed in 2013 but Romero failed to get games there. Manchester United signed him on a free transfer in 2015 to provide cover for De Gea. He has since won the Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup, and had a major part to play in those successes.

Sergio Romero has been the first choice for Manchester United in the other cup competitions (Getty Images)
Sergio Romero had been the first choice for Manchester United in the cup competitions until this season (Getty Images)

Despite just making 61 appearances for the side, he has kept 39 clean sheets, while letting in only 27 goals. The Argentine is a veteran for his national team with 96 appearances to date. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Romero can be a good replacement for Mat Ryan

Ryan was Brighton’s go-to man between the posts for a long time and it surely did come as a surprise to him when he was told that Robert Sanchez would be given a run in the side. Graham Potter was of the opinion that Ryan should take up a January offer in case he wanted to play on a regular basis. (h/t Daily Mail)

How do you replace someone so reliable like Ryan? Brighton should look to bring in Sergio Romero next as he comes with bags of experience and winning mentality. He may not have played much in the league but he does have the familiarity of playing in England. His stats for the Argentina national team aren’t too shabby either.

Sergio Romero is the first-choice goalkeeper for Argentina (Getty Images)
Sergio Romero is the first-choice goalkeeper for Argentina (Getty Images)

The goalkeeping department is crucial for any team and having a reliable goalkeeper like Sergio Romero would be quite useful for the Seagulls. The £100k-a-week Manchester United star is clearly a talented player and would boost Brighton’s quality in goal.

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Verdict

Sergio Romero’s move to Brighton looks like a good deal for all parties. Brighton would get a solid goalkeeper who has proven himself in the limited chances he has been afforded. Manchester United gets some cash and reduces the pressure on the wage bill. As for Romero, he finally gets to be the first-choice keeper. It remains to be seen if this deal goes ahead smoothly.

Written by Sourav Ghosh

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