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Man Utd Snap Up £18m David De Gea….Or Do They?

David de Gea David De Gea of Atletico Madrid reacts during the quarter-final Copa del Rey second leg match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid and at Vicente Calderon Stadium on January 20, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.

It seems that some newspapers know more about transfer deals than the clubs and players themselves. Manchester United will be buying a goalkeeper in the summer, that is a certainty, but who that goalkeeper will be is the big question. Will Sir Alex Ferguson go for experience in Manuel Neur, or will he go for the youth and promise of David de Gea? Most publications believe it to be the latter, as is evident with their headlines.

Last night the Daily Mail reported an exclusive story stating: “Atletico keeper De Gea to sign five-year contract with Manchester United as clubs agree £17.8m deal”.

They went on to say: “Manchester United have agreed a £17.8million deal for Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David De Gea.” That sounds pretty solid, they sound pretty certain that United have agreed a deal, and De Gea is as good as gone.

However, you would think that if a player is involved in a £17.8 million deal with one of the worlds biggest clubs, he would know something about it, wouldn’t you? You would think his agent, who is set to gain a huge some of money (reportedly 8 million Euros) would have told him something about this mega deal.

Well either his agent for some reason hasn’t informed his client of Manchester United’s proposed deal, or a deal doesn’t exist, because the Spanish goalkeeper was quite certain that he has heard nothing from anyone:

“There is nothing, it is all lies.”

“I know nothing about offers from any team, whether it is other clubs or a renewal from Atletico.”

“I have given my all to this team since I have been here, and that will continue today and tomorrow, I will always fight for this team.”

“I do not think the fans have any reason to be against me, we have the best fans in the world and they will support me until my final day, for that I am sure.”

So, straight from the players mouth, no deal has been agreed, or if it has, which is unlikely, the player doesn’t know about it.

David De Gea is a very good goalkeeper, and as has been reported on this blog before he would be, in my opinion probably the best choice for Ferguson. At only 20 years old, he has the potential to be United’s number 1 goalkeeper for the next 15 or so years, and at a fee of around £20 million, that seems a good deal. A deal may not be “wrapped up” already, like some headlines report, but United’s interest is clear, and in the summer transfer window, those headlines might be reported again, but next time, with some truth in them.

Tell me what you think!

Submitted by DBSFootball



  1. Seo Republika

    April 14, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Maybe he’s signed, maybe not – but he has to remain quiet until the end of the season because of Atletico fans – if the story is true.

  2. Shabba

    April 14, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Iv never seen a player come out 3/4 way through the season and say he’s off at the end of the season regardless whether he is or not. Anyway even if he’s not coming to OT, who gives a monkeys ? Granted he would be a good signing but there is better out there.

  3. Adam

    April 14, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    any united fan would know how quiet manchester united do deals not many knew of chicharito, diouf and bebe before united signed them and smalling and owen deals were suprising as i dont remember they was linked(via rumours) was all a suprise and the players didt leak anything they kept it private.

  4. Callum

    April 14, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Yeh True Man Utd do deals in private Hernandez was sworn to secrecy during his transfer not even his Family knew

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