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Jose Mourinho draws up transfer plan to make Man Utd misfit one of his first Roma signings


Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero has been linked to a reunion with former boss Jose Mourinho who takes charge of Roma in the summer. Romero is set to finally depart Old Trafford this summer having fallen further down the goalkeeping pecking order.

The Red Devils signed Romero as back-up to David de Gea in 2015, but he has found game time to be a rare occurrence in recent years.

Dean Henderson’s emergence has demoted Romero to third-choice goalkeeper, and the England international even appears to have jumped above De Gea.

The 24-year-old has started United’s last eight Premier League games while De Gea’s minutes have been limited to the Europa League.

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Roma have conceded 53 goals this term, the most of any side in the top half of Serie A. First-choice stop-stopper Pau Lopez has also been criticised for a series of errors.

After a move failed to materialise for Romero in the winter transfer window, United boss Solskjaer suggested that Henderson’s form had made it tougher for the 34-year-old to earn a place in the matchday squads.

“Sergio is working hard in training. He’s in the group and of course he lost a lot of training earlier on in the season,” the United boss said in February.

“He joined us late after time back home and over Christmas as well, he was with family in Argentina.

“He’s working with the keepers but with Dean (Henderson), Lee (Grant) and David (de Gea) it’s been more difficult to get in the match squad.”

Romero could be one of a few fringe players to depart Old Trafford this summer. The same outlet claims that Brandon Williams will seek regular first-team football elsewhere after having his development blocked by the arrival of left-back Alex Telles last year.

Williams has played just three Premier League games this term, amounting to a mere seven minutes of action. He had featured 36 times in his debut campaign.

The Telegraph report that Brighton want to sign the 20-year-old to play as a left wing-back next season, a position where Seagulls defender Dan Burn has often looked uncomfortable.

Brighton’s South Coast rivals Southampton are also thought to be willing to take Williams.





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