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Man Utd transfer gossip: Schmeichel speculation as Romero tipped to join rivals

Manchester United finished the Premier League season in third place – something which seemed impossible when they trailed Leicester City by 14 points at Christmas.

However, now United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be looking to build ahead of the new campaign, knowing that he will have to spend wisely if his team has any chance of competing for the league title.

There are expected to be a number of ins and outs at Old Trafford, with the rumour mill already swirling.

Potential movements in goal impacting David De Gea's future have been mentioned as well as back-up Sergio Romero being wanted elsewhere.

There's also a chance of some talented youngsters moving out on loan as well as Chris Smalling's future being decided after a year on loan at Roma.

Here is United’s transfer round-up.

Schmeichel set for United transfer?

Peter Schmiechel is considered by some to be Manchester United ’s greatest goalkeeper – and now his son could be set to follow in his footsteps in making the move to Old Trafford.

The Sun believes that Kasper Schmeichel is seen by United as a ready-made option to replace current number one David De Gea.

Leicester City goalkeeper Schmeichel, who lifted the Premier League with the Foxes in 2016, has three years remaining on his deal, but would be relatively cheap compared to other potential targets, such as Atletico Madrid stopper Jan Oblak, whose release clause is around £109 million.

De Gea has suffered a huge slump in form, while United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not believe that youngster Dean Henderson is ready to step into the Spaniard’s shoes, despite two excellent seasons on loan at Sheffield United.

Bent: “Leeds should sign Romero”

Sticking with goalkeepers, United number two Sergio Romero is being backed for a move across the Pennines with Leeds United.

Darren Bent told Football Insider that the Argentine – who is considered one of the best back-up options in the Premier League – would fit in well at Leeds under his compatriot Marcelo Bielsa.

Bent said: “You know what, this Romero, he’s never really done anything wrong.

“If they can get him, I would go and sign him because he’s been behind De Gea since he basically got to the club and, even though De Gea’s struggled of late, it still looks like he’s an immovable object.

“So for Romero, who’s never done anything wrong, I’m not surprised he’s got to the point where he’s sick and tired of being a number two, or even a number three.”

Romero, 33, joined United from Sampdoria in the summer of 2015, but has only made seven league appearances in his five years at Old Trafford.

Smalling heading back to United

Chris Smalling could return to United after Roma were unable to negotiate a fee with his parent club over a permanent deal.

The centre-back has spent the season on loan with the Serie A side, after they paid a £2.7 million fee.

However, Sky Italia says that Roma have not met United’s valuation of £18 million.

Smalling still has two years left on his contract, but is unlikely to be part of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans ahead of the new season.

Garner set for Bournemouth move

United youngster James Garner looks set to join Bournemouth on loan ahead of the 2020-2021 season.

The highly-rated midfielder was also a target for Swansea City and Sheffield Wednesday, but Bournemouth, whose five-year stay in the Premier League came to an end last Sunday, believe they have a stronger chance of signing him, according to The Sun.

Garner, 19, featured six times in all competitions last season and played in four of United’s Europa League games.

A defensive midfielder, he has captained the club’s under-23s side.

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