Reports in the Spanish media have claimed that a deal taking Atletico Madrid’s Spanish under-21 international goalkeeper David De Gea to Manchester United has been agreed, however the young Rojiblancos ‘keeper has said that no deal has been done and that he is happy to stay at the Vicente Calderon.
Reports emanating from Spain yesterday evening said that a fee in the region of £17m had been agreed between Atletico and United for the highly-rated stopper, who has also been linked with a move to Chelsea, to move to Old Trafford as replacement for Edwin van der Sar this summer.
Nevertheless, whilst United have indeed bid for De Gea, the man who Sir Alex Ferguson and goalkeeper coach Eric Steele have earmarked as their number one target for the retiring van der Sar this summer – Manuel Neuer, the Germany and Schalke 04 goalkeeper had also been in the running, but has all but agreed a summer move to Bayern Munich – yet, no deal has been signed.
Although officials from Old Trafford have been in talks with their Atletico counterparts, the Spanish club have so far rejected the offers made by United as they don’t meet the buy-out clause (£23m) in the goalkeepers contract.
Furthermore, De Gea, a boyhood Atletico supporter, has said today that no decision has been made over his future, and that if he is required to stay in the Spanish capital, then he will be more than happy.
“I haven’t signed anything,” said 20-year-old De Gea.
“I’m happy here and have a contract until 2013, so now the essential target is to get the team into Europe and when the league finishes, we’ll see.
“Until the end of the season, nothing will be decided. I’ve been with Atletico for many years and have real affection for the club. If Atletico want to fight for me then it would be very difficult to leave. It is my club forever.”