Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague broke the news on Revista de la Liga that Manchester United prospect David de Gea will be in the Old Trafford nets next season. The 20 year old goalkeeper should be unveiled in the near future as a United player for around £17 million and will be seen as an immediate replacement to retiring goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.
There has been a hefty amount of interest from the newly crowned Premier League champions about signing the highly-rated youngster and it seems like these rumours are definite now, according to Balague. Balague said that United wanted to keep the deal under wraps until next Monday, but the story was leaked and now the reports will be out at whether de Gea is too young for United at the moment and whether he can handle the pressure of the Premier League.
The Spaniard is a product of the Atletico Madrid youth system and holds eight caps for his national country. De Gea has represented his country at all four youth levels and has won the under 17 European Championship in 2007. Manchester United will be wary of replacing Van der Sar, after the horrendous time they had once replacing Peter Schmeichel back in 1999. After Schmeichel’s departure, United had goalkeeper trouble until 2006 when they acquired Van der Sar. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will hope that de Gea can step into the breach and have a long and successful time at the club and be the next big goalkeeper for the Red Devils.