Manchester United has confirmed that David de Gea will join the club on July 1st.
Sources in Spain confirmed the ‘keeper told his team-mates he wanted to leave Atlético.
The news comes barely 24 hours after fellow fan-favourite Sergio Agüero announced via his official website that he was also looking to leave the club.
Guillem Balague, a journalist working for Sky Sports in England, told Revista de la Liga that the 20-year-old goalkeeper has made up his mind over the transfer, and will move to England with his family and girlfriend.
“The fee was agreed around two months ago, with agent Jorge Mendes at the centre of negotiations, but the player needed time to make up his mind regarding his future,” Ballague wrote on his official website.
The €20 million fee (£17m) quoted is consistent with previous reports coming out of Spain.
Balague told Revista that Manchester United, who play Barcelona in the Champions League final at Wembley on Saturday, hope to unveil De Gea on Monday. However he pointed out that the Spaniard is currently in the process of terminating his agreement with his current agent, Héctor Rincón, and this may delay the announcement.
UPDATE: According to Sky Sports, Manchester United have officially confirmed the transfer and he will sign on July 1st.
UPDATE 2: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed the transfer at a press conference held after United’s friendly with Juventus on Tuesday evening.
Speaking of De Gea, Ferguson said: “We’ve been working on it for quite a while. We identified him quite a while back as one we should go for. We were looking for the same type of qualities as Edwin [Van der Sar], Composure and organisational ability. De Gea is very similar that way. He’s a young goalkeeper, very quick, good composure, presence and an outstanding replacement for van der Sar. ”
How do you feel about the timing of this, just a day after Agüero’s announcement?