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Sergio Romero linked with Aston Villa switch

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The Argentine keeper is too good to keep warming the bench.

Sevilla v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Semi Final Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Manchester United backup goalkeeper Sergio Romero could be on his way out of Old Trafford. The 33-year-old Argentine, who is almost certainly the best number two in the league, is reportedly on the cusp of completing a move to Aston Villa, where he’d become their first-choice keeper.

Villa have been on the lookout for a goalkeeper since their previous number one, Pepe Reina, completed a move to Serie A side Lazio. Romero would be open to the switch, given he’s unlikely to ever overhaul David de Gea and establish himself as United’s first choice. However, it would undoubtedly be a loss for the Reds, who have had enviable depth in goal ever since Romero arrived from Sampdoria five years ago.

In the interim, Romero has made just seven Premier League appearances, but has been given more regular game time in cup competitions. The highlight of his United career is the Europa League final of 2017, in which he kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 win over Ajax. Romero’s been a loyal deputy to de Gea, never kicking up a fuss about a lack of game time. He’ll be missed, but some first-team Premier League action is the least he deserves.