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Arsenal to Make £8m Bid for Argentine Keeper Romero: AZ Man Impresses Wenger

Arsene Wenger plans on bringing in form keeper to the Emirates.

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Sports News - March 03, 2010

Arsenal are preparing an £8million bid for AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Sergio Romero , according to a report in the News of the World.

Arsene Wenger is expected to bring in a new keeper for Arsenal in the summer following some erratic displays by Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski , despite the Spaniard saving a penalty against West Ham yesterday.

Romero is looking for a move to a bigger club and played against Arsenal twice in the Champions League this season in the group stage as AZ drew 1-1 at home and lost 4-1 at the Emirates.

The 23-year-old recently said: “My career has gone very well in Holland but I came to Europe to play in the biggest leagues and I will soon be ready to move.”

He is contracted to AZ until the end of season 2011/2012 and is expected to be Argentina’s number one at the World Cup which if he is successful, could see Arsenal face much competition for Romero. (IMScouting)

Given Manuel Almunia’s excellent performance yesterday at the Emirates against West Ham perhaps there is less need for more speculation about a potential goalkeeping addition at Arsenal but nonetheless it has been reported that Arsene Wenger is keen on AZ’s keeper Sergio Romero.

Many have doubted the consistency and mental stability of both Almunia and Polish goalie Lukasz Fabianksi and a raft of potential signings have been linked with a move to the north London club and the 23 year old Argentine is the latest to fill the back pages.

The Argentine international has been in great form for his Dutch employers for a couple of seasons, helping Alkmaar to the Dutch Eredivisie title last term during a season where the club conceded just 22 goals in 34 league games. This term has not gone according to plan and AZ have struggled without coach Louis Van Gaal, who left to join Bayern Munich, but still Romero has shown his quality. His recent performances have made him a good bet to be Diego Maradona’s first choice for this summers World Cup Finals and he was in excellent form as Argentina took on Germany earlier this month.

Arsene Wenger is known for picking up ‘lesser’ known lights of the game and moulding them into household names and perhaps he could work similar magic on Romero and the £8m fee would seem to be a decent fee for a keeper at the top of his game.

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