Punters enjoying an afternoon drink in the Football Transfer Tavern have been left puzzled by news from the Daily Star that Barcelona want to sign Manchester United keeper David De Ge in the summer.
The Camp Nou giants have targeted the former Atletico Madrid shot stopper as a replacement for Victor Valdes whose future with the club looks uncertain after recent contract discussions failed to find a resolution.
Sir Alex Ferguson snapped up the 22-year-old keeper in the summer of 2011 for £17 million despite interest from Barca and Real Madrid.
De Gea had a shaky start to life at Old Trafford, struggling to adapt to the physicality of the Premier League but has emerged this season as United’s number one after some excellent performances between the sticks.
However it is thought that the Spaniard would like a return to his home country in the near future and if Barcelona make a summer bid it could prove difficult to keep him in England.
Real Madrid are also reportedly interested in De Gea but it is Barca who have moved to the front of the queue after being impressed with his recent consistency in goal.