Date: 13th April 2011 at 2:40pm
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De Gea celebrates

The Spanish stopper hears he's heading to Old Trafford

David to Manchester United is a done deal is the cry from reports in the Spanish newspapers last night.

It is unsure what exactly the progress of this deal is; some say that the transfer is complete and he has signed for Manchester United, others say that Atletico Madrid have accepted a 20 Million Euros bid from the Premier League leaders as it meets the previously reported minimum release fee. I say that if the reports are true, there is reason to be extremely excited.

The fallout from the rumours last night meant that this morning Atletico chief Miguel Angel Gil Marin opened up on the situation of the transfer. “We’ve received offers from United and Chelsea [for De Gea]. He also has an offer from us to renew his contract. We’d like him to stay, but David’s future is entirely in his own hands.” He also revealed that De Gea’s agent is currently in England but it is not to negotiate a deal for De Gea and that the transfer buyout clause is actually set at 25 million Euros.

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Personally I doubt that a move to Chelsea would be attractive to him as he has one of the world’s top goalkeepers in Petr Cech who could potentially block his path to first team action at Stamford Bridge. At Old Trafford however, with Edwin definitely retiring at the end of the season, the number 1 spot is up for grabs and I would love to see De Gea grab it with both hands (no pun intended).

People say at the tender age of just 20 years De Gea would be a massive risk for Manchester. I would have to say that I disagree. As an avid follower of the Spanish league I have watched De Gea basically throughout his whole career to date. Despite Atletico having a difficult season this term, last term he was in net in a team that won the inaugural Europa League competition beating Fulham in the final. If that isn’t a big match I don’t know what is.

He also managed to keep a clean sheet in their 2-0 victory in the UEFA Super Cup against Inter Milan earlier in the season. He has also excelled a lot in some of the big games against Real Madrid and Barcelona, however on each occasion he has failed to keep a clean sheet.

As the Atleti chief said, Manchester United’s interest in the keeper is real. For me he is a brilliant choice, very athletic and has been likened to Van Der Sar in both style and build. I will not hold back my feelings on this kid; I really hope he decides to join Manchester United.

He seems a much more suitable option than Rene in my opinion, though I really wouldn’t mind seeing Manuel protecting the nets at Old Trafford either. David De Gea has been earmarked as Manchester United’s first choice of taking over from the retiring Van Der Sar in the summer, further supported by the claim that Manchester United’s goalkeeping coach started taking Spanish lessons two months ago.

Do you think that David De Gea could replace the outbound Edwin Van Der Sar? Feel free to comment below

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