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Manchester United sign goalkeeper Sergio Romero — reports

Manchester United have reportedly signed goalkeeper and 2014 World Cup finalist Sergio Romero on a free transfer.

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According to Italy's behemoth of a sports daily, La Gazzetta dello Sport, Manchester United have eased their goalkeeping worries by signing Argentine international Sergio Romero on a free transfer from Sampdoria. His contract with the Ligurian club expired last month, and United saw off interest from AS Roma and Inter Milan to land the 28-year-old.

According to Gazzetta, who are usually pretty good when it comes to transfers, United have thrashed out a three-year deal worth €1.8 million a season with the player's agent Mino Raiola. Louis van Gaal certainly knows what he's getting, having won the Dutch league title with Romero between the sticks at AZ Alkmaar back in 2009.

Oddly, despite Romero being Argentina's No. 1, he has been a domestic benchwarmer for the last couple of seasons, first at Monaco and then Sampdoria. Nevertheless, he seems to be a good backup option at the very least; it remains to be seen if van Gaal's plans for Romero are bigger than that.