United snap up Argentina goalkeeper Romero

27 July 2015 04:32:47 EST

Louis van Gaal has signed Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero so that Manchester United are "prepared" if David de Gea joins Real Madrid.

The 28-year-old was a free agent after he was let go by Sampdoria at the end of last season and has signed a three-year deal at Old Trafford. He will replace back-up Victor Valdes, who has been told he can leave by van Gaal.

"We have to prepare our season with the threat that David de Gea is going to Real Madrid,"

Louis van Gaal

The former Netherlands coach is also mindful of speculation highly-rated Spain goalkeeper and United number one de Gea could complete a return back to his homeland before the start of the new season to join capital giants Real.

Romero played in the World Cup final last year and won the 2008-09 Eredivisie title under van Gaal when the pair were at AZ Alkmaar.

Van Gaal told MUTV: "I know him very well and I think in our situation, if de Gea is going or not going, it is always a threat and we have to take care, make sure that we are prepared.

"That is why I think it is very good that Sergio Romero is now a Manchester United player."

De Gea is into the final year of his contract at Old Trafford but new Los Blancos coach Rafael Benitez has refused to be drawn on speculation about a deal to sign the goalkeeper, while van Gaal is in no doubt Romero has what it takes to be a success in the Premier League.

"He was also a former player of mine," he added. "I was trainer-coach, manager of AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands, I picked him up when he was 19 and he was a great talent.

"We became champions with him, with a minor club, and in the Netherlands it was a fantastic result of course."

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