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Manchester United have reportedly opened talked with Atletico Madrid over the transfer of goalkeeper David de Gea.
The deal, thought to be worth £18 million according to The News Of The World, would be seen as a signal of the Red Devils’ intention to keep their promise to striker Wayne Rooney of matching his desire to compete at the highest level.
The 19-year-old, de Gea, who is regarded as one of the best young goalkeepers in Europe, has been tracked by United for several months now, and Sir Alex Ferguson even skipped his side’s recent League Cup match against Scunthorpe in order to watch the youngster in action.
He made his first team debut back in September 2009 in a Europa League clash with Porto, which was then followed by his league debut a few days later before establishing himself as a first team regular in the Atletico side after the arrival of Quique Sanchez Flores as manager. (Goal.com)
If Sir Alex Ferguson is looking for a long term successor to Edwin Van der Sar then he really doesn’t need to look much further than the Atletico Madrid man. The teenager has shown incredible maturity and is living up to his tag as the “New Casillas” over the past 18 months.
The Spanish Under 21 international has quite a price tag on his head but that is with good reason. The 19 year old is considered the hottest prospect in Spanish football right now and Ferguson will know he needs to strike quickly to avoid losing De Gea to one of Europe’s elite.