Old Trafford side must up offer to land young Spaniard.
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Manchester United have had an £18m bid for Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David de Gea thrown out.
Atletico president Enrique Cerezo has grown tired of constant rumours about interest in striker Diego Forlan and that prompted him to reveal United had made a failed bid for his young shot stopper.
“This morning everybody is asking me about him, [Forlan] If anyone in Italy is interested in him then ask them to give me a clue,” he told the Spanish press.
The irate chief was more specific when he referred to de Gea’s suitors but similarly dismissive.
“De Gea? Ask Manchester United, but £18 million does not seem enough to me,” he said.
Sir Alex Ferguson has had the 20-year-old keeper watched on numerous occasions this season as he prepares for Edwin Van Der Sar’s retirement at the end of the season.
Atletico Madrid want at least £20m for Spanish Under 21 international keeper David De Gea and some may well baulk at the valuation but Sir Alex Ferguson knows more than most the importance of having a solid reliable keeper behind your back line.
As the Vicente Calderon side looks to resolve some financial issues whilst resigning themselves to the fact that they will once again miss out on a lucrative Champions League spot. Atletico must look to possible money making sales and with this in mind there are countless stories speculating that star strike duo Diego Forlan and Sergio Aguero may be sold.
The comments from the club’s president hardly put an end to speculation as clearly on discussing the issue of the club’s talented 20 year old keeper he could have simply said he is not for sale instead of implying that a possible offer was not high enough.
Manchester United will struggle to find a keeper who is worthy to take Edwin van der Sar’s gloves and it appears that the recently purchased Anders Lindegaard is seen as a back up to whomever they can bring in. Tomasz Kuszczak is apparently likely to leave after failing to get much of a look in.
There probably isn’t a goalie in Europe who has shown the level of maturity and consistency than David De Gea has and there is a reason he is thought of as the next Iker Casillas and Ferguson would be wise to pursue the Madrid born keeper.