Old Trafford club are in advanced negotiations with Atletico Madrid.
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Manchester United are on the verge of agreeing a deal to sign David De Gea, the Spain Under-21 goalkeeper, from Atlético Madrid in January.
Talks are at an advanced stage after several weeks of negotiations, with United expected to pay a fee in the region of £15 million for the 20-year-old. It was unclear last night whether De Gea would join United in January or see out the season at Atlético before formally completing a move to Old Trafford in the summer.
Tomasz Kuszczak seems unlikely to remain at Old Trafford beyond the summer, so United could make a move for a second goalkeeper and retain a firm interest in Anders Lindegaard. The 6ft 4in Denmark player, 26, plies his trade with Aalesund in Norway and has already drawn comparisons to his compatriot, Peter Schmeichel, the former United goalkeeper. (The Times)
The Times sound highly confident that this transfer is all but wrapped up. £15m would make David De Gea the third most expensive goalkeeper in history, behind the colossal £33m paid by Juventus for Gianluigi Buffon and Angelo Peruzzi’s move from Lazio to Internazionale for a fee just over that mooted for the young Spaniard.
However, judging by De Gea’s performances so far in his career, it would be money well spent. At just 20 years old, he could be the solution to the number one jersey for at least the next 15 years. Edwin Van Der Sar could retire in peace.
This would put his transfer fee at a cost of around £1m per season, unless of course he left early, in which case United would presumably hope for a similar return on their investment.
The Times’ claim that Sir Alex Ferguson “could” sign Anders Lindegaard as well seems unusual. As Kuszczak has been a fairly reliable backup goalkeeper, who has rarely complained about his role, there seems little reason to replace him at cost when other areas of the team are a more pressing priority – not least a creative force in central midfield.
Whether De Gea or Lindegaard would be happy to compete against each other would also be in doubt, and I would speculate that it would be far more likely for United to sign one or the other – rather than both.
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