Pundit Exclusive: Leeds may sign 96-cap international after big Athletic reveal
Leeds United may consider a shock move for out-of-favour Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero in January.
That is according to former Sunderland and England striker Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs about the 33-year-old’s imminent exit from Old Trafford.
The Athletic claim the 96-times Argentina international is poised to leave United next month with an unnamed Spanish club and David Beckham’s Inter Miami the early frontrunners for his signature.
Romero has been frozen out by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season following the return of Dean Henderson from a years loan spell at Sheffield United.
Leeds United’s Illan Meslier has impressed on his debut Premier League campaign but the long-term future of number two Kiko Casilla remains uncertain.
Phillips believes Marcelo Bielsa could move for his countryman Romero to provide competition for Meslier.
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“I think Romero is a goalkeeper Leeds will look at,” he told Football Insider.
“Whether they are looking to bring in a goalkeeper as a first choice or to challenge, they will be shopping in that market.
“They will want someone with experience and he has the experience of playing at one of the biggest clubs in the world. He can handle that pressure.
“It just depends on whether Romero wants to come and fight for a spot or take a similar route to Emiliano Martinez at Villa. Tom Heaton was out injured so he was guaranteed to play straight away. It depends on the player.
“I would certainly imagine Leeds have some interest in that.”