Manchester United is close to signing goalkeeper David De Gea
from Atletico Madrid to replace Edwin van der Sar.
Manager Alex Ferguson confirmed on Tuesday that the English
champions have been tracking Spaniard De Gea with the 40-year-old
Van der Sar retiring after the Champions League final against
Barcelona on Saturday.
”He’s a young goalkeeper, very quick, good composure, presence,
and an outstanding replacement for Van der Sar,” Ferguson said on
United’s website. ”We were looking for the same type of qualities
as Edwin, because the one great quality Edwin always had was his
composure and organizational ability. With David De Gea, he is very
similar that way.”
Atletico president Enrique Cerezo said neither the 20-year-old
De Gea nor Man United had informed them about a transfer, while
insisting: ”We don’t want to sell.”
”We don’t know a thing,” he added. ”The player is here and
he’ll have to go through a medical checkup … (De Gea) knows well
he can negotiate (with others) but they always have to stick to the
(buy out) clause.”
De Gea, who is yet to play for Spain, won both the Europa League
and European Super Cup in 2010 with Atletico.