Brighton ready to swoop for Manchester United outcast in January

Brighton are interested in Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero as a potential replacement for Mat Ryan, who has been told he can leave the club.

Ryan has long been the first choice stopper for the Seagulls, making 123 appearances since arriving in 2017, but manager Graeme Potter has lost faith in the Australian.

Robert Sanchez has taken Ryan’s place in the Brighton goal and the 28-year-old has been told he can find a new club in January.

‘The day before the Fulham game, the manager told me he’d be giving the other goalkeeper (Sanchez) a substantial to run to see how he goes, and would be keeping Jason Steele as his second choice as he likes the way he fulfils the role,’ Ryan told The World Game.

‘He added that if I get a good offer in January I should take it, knowing that I want to be playing week-in week-out.

‘It came as a shock and a surprise that he said that. Knowing where I stand now, from what was communicated to me, perhaps it might be better that we do go our separate ways.

‘However, until that opportunity comes – and it’s a good project – then, as far as I’m concerned, I’m a Brighton player and I’m here to fight for my spot.’

If Ryan does indeed find a new club, Potter will hope to tempt Romero to the south coast from Old Trafford with the prospect of playing first team football again.

The 33-year-old has been at Manchester United since 2015 but made just seven league appearances and 61 in all competitions.

Dean Henderson has now replaced Romero as the number two ‘keeper behind David de Gea and the Argentinian has not appeared at all this campaign.

The Daily Mail report that Brighton will make him an offer in January, if Ryan finds himself a new home.

Romero has won 96 caps for Argentina, but has not played regularly for years, with the 2012-13 season at Sampdoria the one and only time he has played 30 or more games in a single league campaign.

His contract expires at the end of the season, with the club holding the option to extend it by a further year.

He came close to leaving Old Trafford over the summer, with Everton interested, but United were keen to receive a fee rather than let him leave on a free and a move fell through.

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