Former Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero is set to sign a two-year contract with Granada, according to Ideal, despite holding talks with Everton over a free transfer.
Romero left Old Trafford at the end of his Red Devils contract in June and is very close to finalising a switch to Spain. He spent his final year serving as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s third-choice option behind David de Gea and Dean Henderson.
The Argentine failed to feature for a single minute in any competition, with his last appearance dated August 2020. That came in the Europa League quarter-finals against Copenhagen before Solskjaer axed him for the semi-final, which United lost to Sevilla.
Granada-bound Romero spoke with Everton and was open to remaining in England after leaving Manchester United, per The Athletic. The Toffees discussed a move to Goodison Park with the 34-year-old to replace Robin Olsen as Jordan Pickford’s deputy.
It marked successive summer swoops by Director of Football Marcel Brands, who chased his arrival in 2020, as well. The Athletic add Everton offered £2m to loan Romero and cover his £100,000-per-week contract, but United demanded £5m to sell.
Now, Romero has the chance to contend for the number one jersey again by completing a free transfer to Granada. The Nazaries lost previous first-choice Rui Silva in June after he joined Real Betis at the end of his contract.
Romero’s move to the Nuevo Los Carmenes Stadium sees him snub interest from Chelsea, as well as Everton. The Telegraph reported the Blues were assessing a move for the 96-cap international to be their third-choice last month.
Everton have their new number two despite Romero snub for Granada switch
Despite Romero snubbing Everton for Granada, Rafa Benitez likely has his goalkeeper ranks in order already. The Toffees signed Asmir Begovic from Bournemouth to support Pickford, while Joao Virginia – for now, at least – remains on Merseyside.
Virginia impressed in his rare outings last season, as well, after stepping in while Pickford and Olsen were injured. Carlo Ancelotti debuted the Portuguese against Burnley in March to replace the stricken Pickford. He then shone in the FA Cup in defeat to Manchester City.
But Romero would have brought significant experience if he opted for Everton’s reserves over Granada’s offer. Solskjaer also lauded the former Argentina international last year, noting via the Manchester Evening News: “He was brilliant again, he normally is.”