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Manchester United sign Sergio Romero as replacement for Spanish 'keeper exit

Manchester United have signed Sergio Romero from Sampdoria on a free transfer, Louis van Gaal has failed to explicitly rule out the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, and Pedro is still expected to join from Barcelona.

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Manchester United are certainly interested in replacing Angel Di Maria with Pedro of Barcelona - if not as a direct replacement, but in the next transfer they make. United's goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek was circumspect, but didn't rule out the potential transfer. The full quotes are in the Manchester Evening News, here.

Sergio Romero has been signed by United, joining last night. Louis van Gaal says that it's a useful signing because of the uncertainty over David de Gea, and that's in the Mirror, here. Despite what he hints, expect Jasper Cillessen of Ajax to turn up as the permanent replacement should De Gea depart for Spain.

The Telegraph have a transcript of a recent interview with a group of journalists with Van Gaal, where he talks in typical Van-Gaalish, saying in sequential sentences that Cristiano Ronaldo may come, but then that it's not possible. Something is going on, and Van Gaal isn't confident enough to say one way or another - that's one way of looking at it.

On ESPNFC, there are quotes from Pepe that he is 'sure' that Sergio Ramos will stay. There are rumours that after talks at the weekend, Ramos will stay at Real but on a huge raise. If that happens, Nicolas Otamendi could be next in line, and presumably sorted out relatively quickly.