Brighton tipped to swoop for Man United’s Sergio Romero as Mat Ryan replacement

Word stemming from the English media on Friday has linked Manchester United outcast Sergio Romero with a move to Brighton.

Brighton tipped to swoop for Man United’s Sergio Romero as Mat Ryan replacement

Reds’ goalkeeping situation

Argentine international Romero of course acted as the backup to David de Gea at Old Trafford for the last 5 seasons.

During this time, the 33-year-old went on to establish himself as, in the eyes of many, the most reliable no.2 in the English top-flight.

Romero’s future, however, was thrown up in the air this past summer.

After Dean Henderson’s loan stint with Sheffield United came to an end, the highly-regarded shot-stopper returned to Manchester, to battle it out with de Gea for starting duties.

Dean Henderson

Sheffield United’s English goalkeeper Dean Henderson reacts during the English Premier League football match between Sheffield United and Liverpool at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, northern England on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

This, in turn, of course saw Romero relegated to 3rd-choice, an unfathomable situation for a player of the former Sampdoria man’s talents.

Brighton bound?

The widespread assumption was therefore that Romero would be on the move before the close of the transfer window, to secure regular football ahead of next summer’s Copa America.

Everton, meanwhile, were one of a host of sides tipped as a potential landing spot for the Argentine.

In the end, however, upon the transfer deadline passing in October, Romero remained on United’s books, a situation with which the shot-stopper’s wife made her frustrations crystal clear.

And Romero’s woes have since only deepened.

After first being omitted from the club’s Champions League group stage squad, the veteran was also passed up on by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the Premier League, with Lee Grant instead acting as 3rd-choice between the posts at Old Trafford.

Brighton tipped to swoop for Man United’s Sergio Romero as Mat Ryan replacement

Manchester United’s Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leaves after the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Selhurst Park in south London on July 16, 2020. – Manchester United won the game 2-0. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / POOL / AFP)

As such, it appears almost a foregone conclusion that, if the United board have any respect for Romero and his wishes, a January transfer will be forthcoming.

As outlined above, though, despite links to the likes of La Liga and the MLS, if the latest updates stemming from the media on Friday are to be believed, then the talented shot-stopper could well be primed for a Premier League stay.

This comes amid suggestions that Brighton & Hove Albion are eyeing up Romero’s signature.

As per a report from the Daily Mail, the Argentine is being targeted as a potential replacement for Mat Ryan.

Ryan, who long stood as the no.1 between the posts at the Amex, has been displaced by Robert Sanchez of late, with Seagulls boss Graham Potter having made clear that he does not intend to stand in the Australian’s way, should he choose to move on.

In turn, in the case that a January exit is forthcoming for Ryan, Romero could well find himself on the south coast for the remainder of the campaign.

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