Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that the club are very close to formally completing the acquisition of young goalkeeper David de Gea from Spanish club Atletico Madrid. De Gea, 20, is reported to have cost Manchester United around £17m, thus making him the second most expensive goalkeeper in the world after legendary Italian stopper Gianluigi Buffon.
United were in the market for a new keeper following Edwin van der Sar’s decision to hang up his boots in the 10/11 season.
De Gea was one of Sir Alex’s first choice to replace the veteran Dutchman, with Schalke’s Manuel Neuer also being linked with a switch to Old Trafford. Ferguson was keen to avoid a problem like the one that took place around a decade back after Peter Schmeichel’s retirement.