A report in the Sunday Mirror this morning claims “Manchester United and Chelsea have been quoted a staggering Â£25million to sign Atletico Madridâ€™s teenage sensation keeper David De Gea.”
The fee quoted to Chelsea and Manchester United is a far cry from the 1.4 million pound price tag put on the young keeper when he was offered to Stoke at the start of the season but it is indicative of his fine form in 2009/2010.
According to Paul Smith both Manchester United and Chelsea have “made inquiries” in recent weeks “but were staggered when they were quoted Â£25m before Atletico Madrid would even consider selling.”
It is no surprise that the top two Premier League sides are after De Gea who has been a revelation between the sticks for Atletico after ousting another young starlet Sergio Asenjo earlier in the season. He was afforded few opportunities to impress in the Europa League final against Fulham but the 19-year-old has already established himself as the “new Edwin van der Sar.”
The 6.3ft custodian is contracted to Atletico Madrid for another two seasons and the 25 million pound valuation is probably correct as he could have another twenty years playing top flight football. Especially as most observers in Spain have been hugely impressed by his temperament in his early games in the first team.
De Gea, who was part of Spain’s original 30-man World Cup squad but was one of seven players left out of the final 23, is along with Germany’s Manuel Neuer the hottest young goalkeeper in European football. He can make crucial match winning saves but it has been his calm authority that has brought dividends behind a shaky Atletico Madrid defence.
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti seems unlikely to bid 25 million pounds to sign De Gea with Petr Cech firmly established as the Blues number one. The Premier League champions may well look to sign a back-up keeper to replace RossÂ Turnbull but they are unlikely to spend big money.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to sign a keeper soon to replace the ageless Van der SarÂ and De Gea fits the bill but whether the Red Devils haveÂ serious money to spend is nowÂ becoming questionable.Â The bottom line is that Atletico Madrid have a jewel on their hands and they shouldn’t sell for cheap.
Video evidence of Manchester United and Chelsea target David De Gea can be seen here.