De Gea deal looks imminent

Published May. 24, 2011 11:46 a.m. ET

Reports in Spain suggest Manchester United will announce the signing of Atletico Madrid's David De Gea next week for a fee of £18.3million.

United have been looking for Edwin van der Sar's replacement for the last few months.

The retiring Dutchman has recommended his fellow countryman Marten Steklenburg from Ajax - but conincdentally he now looks a target for Atletico, with De Gea seemingly Old Trafford bound.

Madrid sources claim the deal is worth 21million euros (£18.3million) with additional add-ons.

The 20-year-old has already confirmed that he will be making a decision on his future at the end of the season, and it now appears he will be heading to England.

United again look set to be busy early in the transfer window - as they like to do.

Along with De Gea, it also seems they are also closing in on Lens' highly-rated French stopper Raphael Varane and Aston Villa's Ashley Young.


Central midfield is also high on Sir Alex Ferguson's agenda and further reports from across the Channel claim that United could have an interest in Arsenal's Samir Nasri.

Nasri has just 12-months left on his current deal, and L'Equipe claims that he is on United's radar - as they also consider Luka Modric and Wesley Sneijder as the long-term replacements for Paul Scholes, how is yet to decide whether he will continue playing next season.