International star could be handed summer Man United escape route

Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero could well be set for a move back to Argentina, with River Plate confirming an interest in signing the stopper.

The South American moved to Old Trafford last summer on a free transfer but has been forced to play second fiddle to David De Gea.

Romero continues to be Argentina’s number one but has been starved of regular first-team football since moving to England.

Although De Gea’s future remains a point of contention amid interest from Real Madrid, the Argentine is not expected to wait around for a chance in the Red Devils’ first team.

River vice-president Matias Patanian has confirmed that the Buenos Aires outfit want to bring Romero back to the South American nation.

“Romero is a very good goalkeeper, that’s nothing new,” The Sun report him as saying.

“River is always interested in good players and Romero is one of them.

“It’s true what he said about that we haven’t got in touch with him, but that is because we are waiting for our coach to tell us if he finally wants us to make an offer to Romero.

“In football you never know, what today is no, tomorrow is yes. I think that it can be interesting for him coming to River.

“We are the latest Copa Libertadores champions and we are willing to win that title again this year because we want to go back to Japan in December for trying to win the Fifa’s Club World Cup.”

Romero has 70 caps for Argentina but has never really had a consistent run of games at club level, with the 29-year-old also in-and-out of former club Sampdoria’s starting line-up.