Former Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero is interested in returning to Old Trafford this summer, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The Argentine’s contract with the relegated Serie A side expires today (June 30) and the former Reds stopper will be a free agent this summer.
The 35-year-old made 16 Serie A appearances when he returned to Italy, but after testing positive for Covid-19 and missing the final 11 games of the season after undergoing knee surgery, Romero is said to have done a lot more appearances had he managed to maintain his fitness.
With Dean Henderson is set to seal a season-long move to promoted side Nottingham ForestErik ten Hag is looking for a replacement goalkeeper this summer.
While the Reds have reportedly walked away from a deal to sign Watford and Austrian goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann, the familiarity and ease of securing a quick return to Romero could appeal to the former Ajax manager.
The 96-time Argentina international made 61 appearances for the Red Devils over a six-year spell after being signed by Louis van Gaal, with whom he played at Italian side Sampdoria’s AZ Alkmaar in 2015.
Romero may have only made seven Premier League appearances, including four when David de Gea seemed destined to join Real Madrid, but he has often had the opportunity to impress in club competition, particularly when Manchester United were in the Europa League.
Romero featured 12 times, including the 2-0 win over Ajax in the final, in our Europa League success under Jose Mourinho in 2016-17.
The former United number 22 also won the League Cup and FA Cup during his time at Manchester.
His last appearance for the Reds was in August 2020 against FC Copenhagen in the Europa League quarter-finals.
Romero had played nine in that year’s competition but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted to restore De Gea ahead of the Argentine for the last four loss to Sevilla.
With Dean Henderson back at the Theater of Dreams after his successful loan spells with Sheffield United, Romero was frozen out by the Norwegian and didn’t feature once for the Reds in the 2020-21 campaign.
Leaving on a free transfer last summer, Romero signed for Venezia in October, but a year after leaving the Under-16s, South America seem keen on a return to the 20-time league champions.
As talk of a potential Romero return intensifies, United in Focus takes a look at the players Manchester United have already re-signed.
Manchester United players have re-signed
After coming through Manchester United‘s academy and being loaned out to a host of different clubs, the three-time England international joined Cardiff City on a free transfer in 2010.
After spells in the league with the Bluebirds and Bristol City, it was with Burnley that Heaton established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the country.
Heaton spent six years at Turf Moor before joining Aston Villa where he would spend two seasons before returning to Old Trafford.
The 36-year-old finally made his first-team debut for Manchester United when he came off the bench in the Champions League group stage clash against Young Boys in December.
Another goalkeeper who returned to United was former Australia international Boschich. At the age of 17, he joined Manchester United without a contract and made his debut in a Premier League match against Wimbledon.
But after two more appearances, he returned to his former youth team Sydney Croatia after his United signing was canceled in June 1991.
In February 1992, Bosnich signed for Aston Villa where he would remain for seven and a half years, where he made 207 appearances, won the League Cup twice and established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.
Bosnich joined Manchester United in the summer of 1999 following the departure of legendary stopper Peter Schmeichel. He arrived on a free transfer after his contract at Villa Park expired.
He won a Premier League medal after United’s success in 1999-2000 and he started 23 league games, making 35 appearances in all competitions. He was also part of the team that won the Intercontinental Cup.
But after Sir Alex Ferguson signed World Cup-winning goalkeeper Fabian Barthez, Bosnich never played for the Reds again and signed for Chelsea in January 2001.
It came as a huge shock when ‘Sparky’ opted to join Spanish giants Barcelona in 1986 and was brought to Camp Nou by Terry Venables.
However, the Welshman struggled to shine and settle in Spain and needed a loan spell at Bayern Munich to get back to his best form.
But just two years after leaving United, Hughes was brought back to Old Trafford by Sir Alex and he won two Premier Leagues, a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, four FA Cups, a UEFA Super Cup, a League Cup as well as five Charity Shields during his two spells with the Reds.
Hughes, who is currently manager of Bradford City, spent seven years at Manchester United in his second spell before moving to Chelsea.
The two-time Welsh Football of the Year scored 163 goals for Manchester United.
One of United’s all-time greats who was part of the ‘class of 92’ and inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame couldn’t resist making a comeback.
After retiring at the end of the 2010/11 season and playing a testimonial game against the New York Cosmos at Old Trafford, it looked like the legendary midfielder had hung up his boots for good.
But out of nowhere, the 66-time England international made his surprise comeback in an FA Cup third round clash against Manchester City in January 2012 before retiring permanently following the conclusion of the 2012-13 season. , which saw him win his 11th premiership. League title.
The Frenchman first left Manchester United on a free transfer in 2012 and joined Italian giants Juventus in a bid to secure regular first-team football.
The World Cup winner won four consecutive Serie A titles and reached a Champions League final with the Old Lady and he established himself as one of the most talented midfielders on the planet.
But in August 2016, under Jose Mourinho, United broke a world record £89m to bring the former Le Havre youngster back to Manchester.
After six years back at United and no trophies in five years, Pogba, who was nothing but disrespectful to the Reds in his recent ‘Pogmentary’ broadcast, is set to join Juve on a free transfer for the second time, after the expiration of his Solidarity Contract.
Twelve years after he left to join Real Madrid for a then-world record £80mthe Portuguese legend returned to United last summer after leaving Juventus.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner won it all in his first spell at United under ‘father figure’ Sir Alex, but it was a completely different club back then to the one he joined.
United may have had their worst season in Premier League history, but Ronaldo was the club’s top scorer with 24 goals in all competitions, including 18 in the Premier League.
The 37-year-old hopes to spearhead the Ten Hag era and restore his beloved Manchester United’s glory days.