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United sign Sergio Romero as Valdes gets set to leave Old Trafford

The Argentinian goalkeeper has completed his transfer to Manchester United.

Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

SERGIO ROMERO HAS completed his transfer to Manchester United, effectively ending Victor Valdes’ career at Old Trafford.

The club confirmed the capture of the goalkeeper from Sampdoria on a three-year deal late on Sunday.

The arrival of the 28-year-old, who has played 62 matches for Argentina, at Old Trafford is the final nail in the coffin of Valdes’ United career, with goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek having confirmed that the Spaniard will leave.

United announced Romero’s transfer from Sampdoria, where he played 72 league games across three seasons, on Sunday.

“Sergio is very talented,” said United manager Louis van Gaal, who worked with the Argentine at AZ between 2007 and 2009.

“He will be a great addition and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Romero is set to challenge David de Gea to be United’s number one goalkeeper, although the former’s arrival may strengthen speculation the latter will leave for Real Madrid – a transfer that has been expected throughout the close-season.

“I’m absolutely delighted to join [United],” Romero said.

“To play for the biggest club in the world is a dream.”

Romero started his senior career with Racing Club in his native Argentina before signing for AZ in 2007.

He joined Sampdoria in 2011 and spent the 2013-14 season on loan at Monaco.

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