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.”