De Gea on his way to Manchester Utd?

Reports in British press suggest deal had been agreed

David De Gea Atletico Madrid

David de Gea to leave? (Getty Images)

Reports in today’s newspapers across Europe say that Manchester United are on the verge of signing David de Gea from Atlético Madrid for a fee in the region of £15m (€17.6m).

The Times in London had reported that a deal had been reached early on Thursday.

However English newspaper The Guardian is reporting that United are close to announcing a deal for Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard from Aalesund.

The journalist behind the article for The Guardian, Daniel Taylor, is usually well placed when it comes to news regarding either of the two big Manchester clubs. Indeed he broke the Wayne Rooney scandal that erupted in England a month ago.

But while a deal for Lindegaard looks on the cards, Taylor notes that a deal for De Gea could also be possible.

“Ferguson took Steele on a spying mission earlier this season to watch De Gea play against Valencia, United’s Champions League opponents, and it cannot be ruled out that they will try to bring him in as well.” he wrote in The Guardian.

However United are still in a lot of debt, and are likely to want to secure the signing of the cheaper £3.5m Lindegaard ahead of Edwin Van der Sar’s expected retirement at the end of season.

Atlético president Enrique Cerezo today told AS that “Nobody has spoken with us. Nor do we have any idea (about De Gea leaving).”

“We hope that David will be a Rojiblanco for a long time.”

  • javi

    I would think that if they do sell him they would ask at minimum the 20million clause for him. And I dont think Manchester’s finances will permit that at this time, specially if there is a much cheaper alternative. If DeGea goes it will be a significant loss to this team, because the points we have in the league so far are greatly due to all his stops. He leads in gol stopping above Casillas, Valdez and all others in the league. We cant let this boy go.

  • Martin Rosenow

    AS reports that Atleti directors were caught off guard by the article in The Times yesterday and even called De Gea to ask him what was going on.

    De Gea reportedly denied any contact with Manchester United and reassured the directors that he wants to remain at Atleti for a long time.

  • Flo

    He also made his point clear a month ago in an interview that he wan’ts to stay with us for a long time. Atleast until Torres comes back. So I’m not worried at all about this.

  • 20corona

    LOL at Torres coming back, Do you guys actually belive that?

  • Ringo Schut

    If he never comes back, De Gea never leaves 😉

  • javi

    I dont know what the fascination is with our players. it seems that every month there is a rumor or an article about taking one of our best players. It appears that there is an effort out there to destabilize us, maybe so we cannot get it together to catch the top two teams…a conspiracy…

  • 20corona

    @Ringo Schut: aahh, now i get it!

  • NiñoTorres

    I don’t know how they get away with printing blatant lies, especially as there has been no contact according to De Gea. Some English paper ‘exlusively revealed’ that Kun had an agreement with Chelsea at the end of last season, and had some quotes about how he dreamed of playing with Drogba and Lampard… It’s annoying because they don’t have a clue about us or any of our players.