Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa should look to sign Manchester United back-up goalkeeper Sergio Romero, who Darren Bent believes must be “sick and tired” at Old Trafford.
Leeds are on the hunt for a new No 1 with Kiko Casilla expected to move on from Elland Road in the coming weeks having played just once since February after an eight-match ban for racially abusing Charlton’s Jonathan Leko.
While Illan Meslier’s loan move has been turned permanent, the £5million Frenchman is still only 20, which would make him considerably the Premier League’s youngest starting shot-stopper if he was trusted between the sticks next term.
And so Bielsa is expected to try and sign a more experienced keeper for Meslier to learn from, with it having been claimed Arsenal back-up Emiliano Martinez and United’s Romero are among those on the radar.
Argentina international Romero is an interesting option having not made a Premier League appearance since May 2018.
The 33-year-old has found himself only given minutes in cup competitions over the past few campaigns, despite the fact David de Gea’s form has taken a nosedive.
Reports have suggested that Romero, who has been at United since 2015 but has only made 59 appearances in that time, is frustrated he hasn’t been given a chance while De Gea has made multiple errors and conceded cheap goals.
With just 12 months remaining on his contract with the Red Devils, Romero – who has been dependable back-up throughout his time at United, keeping 39 clean sheets – could be available on the cheap.
It has been suggested United would seek around £6million for their No 2, although Leeds may hope to bring that fee down and could be helped if Romero was to make it clear he wanted to move on.
And ex-Leeds striker Bent can see why Romero would be fed up under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, insisting he would be a great option for the newly-promoted Yorkshire outfit – even despite.
“You know what, this Romero, he’s never really done anything wrong,” Bent told Football Insider.
“I don’t actually think he’s done anything wrong to warrant not playing.
“If they can get him, I would go and sign him because he’s been behind De Gea since he basically got to the club and even though De Gea’s struggled of late, it still looks like he’s an immovable object.
“They’re already talking about if De Gea leaves then [Dean] Henderson coming in [from his loan at Sheffield United] so for Romero, who’s never done anything wrong, I’m not surprised he’s got to the point where he’s sick and tired of being a number two or even a number three.
“I’m all for him going out and getting first-team football.
“Yes, the Manchester United-Leeds rivalry is massive but if they’re offering first-team football and it’s a big club, I’m all for it, go and do it.”
Bent is also in favour of his former Tottenham team-mate Danny Rose returning to Leeds, with the left-back having come through the club’s academy before joining Spurs in 2007.
The former England international spent the second half of the season just finished on loan at Newcastle having fallen out of contention in north London.
“Rosey, he’s had a couple of injuries but we’ve seen him on the pitch more often than not so I’m all for that one, I’d go out and try to get him, if I’m honest,” Bent added.
“The Leeds fans will love him, he came through the youth system and was brilliant, he wants to go back home and it’s a match made in heaven because I honestly don’t believe that Leeds are going to struggle, I think they’ll be okay.
“For me, that would be a perfect one, he’s said he wants to be closer to home as he gets older in age so that would be perfect – four-year deal, there you go.”
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