Young Spaniard on his way to Old Trafford?
Manchester United expect to sign £17.5m Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David De Gea within two weeks
Red Devils extremely confident after Spain under-21 star indicates he wants to move to Old Trafford as back-up target Maarten Stekelenburg looks for a different club
Manchester United are confident of signing £17.5 million Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David de Gea in the next two weeks.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has identified De Gea as the perfect long-term replacement for Edwin van der Sar and the Premier League champions have been talking to the Spaniard for several weeks about a move.
De Gea had suggested he will wait until the end of June before making a decision but Goal.com understands the Red Devils are expecting to land their man within a week of the Champions League final against Barcelona on May 28.
“We know the keeper we want and are in a good position, and I’m sure we can get the deal done,” said chief executive David Gill last Sunday.
Speculation has been rife for some weeks now that Sir Alex Ferguson has plumped for a move for Atletico Madrid’s young keeper David de Gea as an ideal long term replacement for Edwin van der Sar and it seems that a deal is slowly creeping to a resolution. The 20 year old Madrid born custodian has shown maturity beyond his years over the past two seasons and the Man United boss is clearly a big admirer.
Once a deal is struck, and it has been reported that the two clubs have agreed a fee, the one would imagine that de Gea would be the Old Trafford side’s first choice with Anders Lindegaard, the Danish international who arrived earlier in the season, would be a back up. It appears that Tomasz Kuszczak will look to leave the club after failing to earn the starting spot after four years of trying to persuade Ferguson of his worth.
David de Gea may be the first of many youthful signings this summer as the Premier League champions look to re-build as a number of the club’s squad head toward the end of their careers. Gary Neville has already retired, van der Sar will join him and it has been reported that Paul Scholes may also hang up his boots this summer. Rio Ferdinand continues to struggle with injury and Owen Hargreaves and Michael Owen seem unlikely to earn new deals when their current contracts come to completion at the end of the season.
The Atletico Madrid keeper helped his Vicente Calderon side to a Europa League triumph in his first season last term and has cemented his spot as the club’s number one this term.