Sir Alex confirms De Gea deal

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Manchester United will sign

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David De Gea this summer to replace

Edwin van der Sar.

The Red Devils have been scouring Europe to find a replacement

for veteran shot-stopper van der Sar, who will retire after

Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final with Barcelona.

Talented Spanish youngster De Gea has long been linked with a

move to Old Trafford and has won Ferguson’s vote ahead of other

reported targets such as Ajax’s Maarten Stekelenburg and Schalke’s

Manuel Neuer.

A deal between the Red Devils and Atletico is in place, with a

fee understood to be in the region of 21million euros

(£18.3million) with additional add-ons.

And Ferguson feels that the 20-year-old is the ideal man to fill

the giant void which will be left by the exit of veteran Dutchman

van der Sar this summer.

The Scot told Sky Sports News: “We’ve been working on it for

quite a while, we identified him a while back as one we should go


“He’s a young goalkeeper, very quick, with good composure and

presence. He’s an outstanding replacement for Edwin van der


“We were looking for someone with the same types of qualities.

One great quality Edwin always had was his composure and

organisational ability.

“David De Gea is very similar that way.”