Manchester United to come back in for De Gea

Spanish wonderkeeper's agent confirms talks after bid rejected

Atlético goalkeeper David de Gea(Photo: Angel Martinez/Getty Images Europe)

Atlético goalkeeper David de Gea
(Photo: Angel Martinez/Getty Images Europe)

Reports across the British press, fuelled by quotes from the player’s agent, are claiming that Manchester United have raised the stakes in their quest to sign David De Gea from Atlético Madrid.

De Gea has been a hot property in Spain over the last two seasons, and earlier this week it was reported that more than one top European club had the Spaniard in their sights for the summer transfer window.

However, De Gea’s agent, Hector Rincon, has confirmed the club has been in talks with the Premier League leaders over the transfer of the 20-year-old.

“We did have talks with Manchester United but, first of all, they always look for an agreement with the club,” he told sport.co.uk.

That’s something that United doesn’t have, according to The Times newspaper in England. This morning’s story claims that United have had a £17.5m (€19.8m) offer for De Gea rejected, but intend to come back in with an improved bid for the youngster and bring him to Old Trafford this summer.

Current Red Devils goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar is set to retire at the end of the season, and despite United signing Anders Lindegaard from Aalesund in January, Sir Alex Ferguson is still looking for a top goalkeeper to replace the departing Dutchman.

The Times (behind a paywall) is reporting that Atlético have been aware of United’s interest in De Gea for a considerable time, and are “reluctantly open to a sale at the right price”. Would Atleti be willing to part with one of its most prized assets?

“You would have to ask the club,” De Gea’s agent said. “What I can tell you is that his release clause now is €20 million, but I have no idea if the club would sell him for less.

“Right now, the player has a contract with Atlético Madrid and if Manchester United or any other team want him they will have to reach an agreement or pay the whole release clause.”

Manchester United aren’t the only club linked with De Gea. Rincon also confirmed that all of the top clubs in England and Europe had asked about his client.

It is thought that, if United can’t agree a deal with los Colchoneros for their prized goalkeeper, they will turn their attention to Manuel Neuer of Schalke.


  • 7th

    de gea, plz we want you,

  • Flo

    I think in the end they will go for René Adler vom Bayer Leverkusen. Because he has a buy-out clause only for ManU. And he has shown now for several years that he is a great keeper.

  • Nick Poskitt

    They’re also linked with Stekelenburg from Ajax, but the strongest rumours and articles at the moment point toward De Gea. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen!

  • Ringo Schut

    I think Stekelenburg will go there, because he’s probably the cheapest of the three.
    I don’t know about the Adler-possibility…
    As long as David stays at Atleti for twenty years (continuously growing :D), it’s all good!

  • Ringo Schut

    1: Stekelenburg is more likely to leave his club/country.
    2: He proved himself during the World Cup by being one of, if not the, best goalkeeper in the tournament.
    3: He’s best in football-skills, he can play along the best.

  • Man utd fan

    For this to be so public it is real, if fergie wants him de gea will be joining plus he has already said he is looking to sign 2-3 players, I don’t believe the bid of 17.5 mill(19.8€) cuz his buy out is 20mil€ but I think it could happen plus fergie loves his pre transfer season transfers. UNITED FOR LIFE

  • Dislike United VERY MUCH!

  • Roni

    Man utd fan@
    You seem to forget that the player in question also has a say in the matter. If Fergie wants him he can stand in line as everyone else, this wouldn’t be the first time David rejects Man U.

  • NiñoTorres

    Looking through Sport.co.uk, they are always claiming to have ‘exclusives’ with player agents. Personally I think these quotes are and all the others on that site are completely fabricated.

    De Gea has said before that he is happy at Atleti, and although I could see him joining Man Utd, there are many other goalkeepers in the market that they could go for instead. I’m not sure what the club will do, but the ball is in our court and I really hope we don’t make this easy for them.

    Still, if I could only keep one of Kun and De Gea, it would have to be Kun. I guess we’ll see what happens in the summer :/

  • NiñoTorres

    Also regarding the offer from Utd, The Times is usually pretty reliable but I’m still not completely convinced. Usually if the British press report something concerning Atleti and there has been no mention of it in Spain, it’s untrue. I’ve lost count of the number of times that Kun has ‘signed’ for Chelsea in the last few seasons…

  • GaryMadrid

    As the person who broke the story back in November that De Gea was leaving although it seems my contact was wrong about the club he would end up at, this is not news. But Roni, you make a great point. No matter what happens it all comes down to what David wants. Brace yourself lads. There are a lot of united fans that talk sense but there are those who don’t, so don’t get too angry with the idiots

  • Nick Poskitt

    You can’t claim you broke the story if you got the club completely wrong! A lot of people think De Gea leaving is an inevitability.

  • GaryMadrid

    Ok granted that I got the club wrong but when I reported that he was leaving the amount of people who told me that I was wrong was incredible. Sometimes sources get it wrong! but the main story was correct.

  • michael

    united needs a good replacement for van dersars departure,so if fergie has the pay let him offer for de gea he is good,united as we.