Manchester United and new goalies is a popular theme at the moment and all we can do is speculate who their target is. Linked with pretty much all the top stoppers, Sir Alex Ferguson must be thinking hard as to who is to replace his long standing Dutchman. After all every top team needs a top Goalie, unless you’re Arsene Wenger who has the belief in teenagers or pensioners.
The latest man to be linked with the job is Atletico Madrid’s David De Gea. The Spanish international has been linked with a move to Old Trafford on several previous occasions. However one potential stumbling block is his current employers price tag.
Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo says it will cost more than £18m for Manchester United to bring De Gea to Old Trafford despite Atletico struggling both financially and in the league, he said:
“No-one has asked me about him (De Gea) this morning….Ask Manchester about it, but £18million doesn’t seem much to me.”.
There is the possibility that the fee could break the previous record spent on a goalie, which remains at £30 million when Juventus paid Parma to acquire the services of Gianluigi Buffon. Perhaps given his youth and potential – and urgent need to replace the retiring Edwin Van der Sar – Sir Alex Ferguson will persevere with his primary target.
De Gea is only 20 years old and should he make a move Old Trafford this summer, could become their number one for the next 10 to 15 years should he reach his potential. The youngster helped Spain to win the U17 2007 European Championship while also featuring in the provisional 30 man squad for the 2010 World Cup.