After Manchester United decided his freedom of action in June, before the start of the current season, Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero began looking for a club to continue his career in Europe.
The Italian team confirmed on Tuesday: “Venezia FC is pleased to announce the signing of Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero, 34, free of charge. Romero is Argentina’s goalkeeper with the most international appearances of all time and he played for Manchester United for the last time ”.
Sergio Romero to Venezia FC.
Romero è il portiere with più presenze di tutti i tempi nella nazionale Argentina e nel corso delle ultime sei stagioni ha giocato per il Manchester United.https: //t.co/TBNzzgVruw#ArancioNeroVerde 🟠⚫️ 🟢 pic.twitter.com/8KtOLcsgrM
– Venezia FC (@VeneziaFC_IT) October 12, 2021
Romero could make his Venice debut this weekend after the international break when he hosts Salernitana, ranked 18, although it remains to be seen if that will be the case considering he has not played a competitive match since August 2020.
Venezia is currently 17th in Serie A. They won only one game (2-1 against Empoli) in seven disputed dates and in total they have five points with a goal difference of -7 (they converted five and received 12).
The 34-year-old goalkeeper was in the sights of Spezia, who saw him as an alternative to Antonio Mirante. Romero has not played an official match since August 10, 2020, the date on which he saved against Copenhagen for the quarterfinals of the Europa League when he was still defending the colors of the Red Devils. In all of 2021 Ole Gunna Solskjaer gave him no minutes.
Chiquito Romero started tackling in his native Argentina with Racing Club in 2006, but spent only a year there before moving to Europe to join AZ Alkmaar.
After racking up 112 appearances and an Eredivisie title with the Dutch team, that captured the attention of Sampdoria, who acquired him for £ 6.3 million in 2011.
The Argentine’s performances in Italy and the World Cup, along with his history in the Netherlands with Louis van Gaal, led United to claim him on a free transfer, where he would go on to make 61 appearances for the English giants.
During a four-year stint in Manchester, Romero was part of teams that claimed titles in the Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup, although he struggled to cement a permanent place in the starting lineup.