Alex McLeish has tipped Everton to pull off a “very important” signing in Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the shot-stopper would be a “good acquisition” for Carlo Ancelotti.
The Daily Mail claim Romero, 34, is hoping to join the Toffees on a free transfer this summer when his contract at Old Trafford expires.
As detailed by the Athletic’s David Ornstein in October, Everton were prepared to pay a £2million loan fee and cover his £100,000-a-week wages in full last summer.
However, the move was blocked, which led to Romero’s wife publicly criticising Manchester United on Instagram.
Everton instead signed Robin Olsen on loan from Roma to act as cover and competition for first-choice keeper Jordan Pickford.
McLeish suggested Romero’s experience of domestic, continental and international football would make him a valuable member of the Toffees’ squad.
“Ancelotti will probably know quite a lot about him,” McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“Obviously that’s through his analysts but also Ancelotti’s own knowledge of that kind of market. It sounds like a good acquisition. A strengthening of a very, very important position.
“Premier League goalies maybe save you 10, 12 points a season, internationals 15 points, world-class, 20-odd points. These are the type of goalkeepers you want.”
Romero has played 61 times for Manchester United to date, although he has been frozen out this season.
He also has 96 caps under his belt for Argentina, the last of which came back in 2018.