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Chelsea monitoring Sergio Romero as cheap option to compete with Kepa — report

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The final frontier of the 2020 summer transfer market

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Unless Chelsea are able to jettison Kepa Arrizabalaga, which seems highly unlikely (regardless of how far we drop our asking price), our immediate need at the position will be to sign a player to properly compete with the World’s Most Expensive Goalkeeper™.

That will most likely mean a non-glamorous name coming in, with the likes of Édouard Mendy recently linked — André Onana might be too much to hope for — and the latest along those lines is Manchester United backup Sergio Romero, as per ESPN.

Willy Caballero’s international teammate looks to be the odd man out at Old Trafford as young Dean Henderson, who was on-loan to Sheffield United last season, is set to compete with David De Gea for the starter’s job, while the much older Lee Grant will continue playing the role of the third choice. Romero has thus been made redundant after five years and 61 appearances (though only 7 in the Premier League).

Along with Chelsea, Leeds United and Everton are said to be interested in the 33-year-old, though he could yet end up at Aston Villa instead if United are successful in offering him in part-exchange for Jack Grealish.

Romero’s hardly an inspiring choice, but we might not have much better options available to us at the moment.