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La Liga ace 'viewed' by Sir Alex - plots €18 million bid

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Sir Alex Ferguson has been on a scouting trip to monitor Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David De Gea, according to the player himself.

The 20-year-old has gathered rave reviews for his performances in La Liga and has since been linked with a move to a number of top European clubs.

Manchester United have seen themselves installed as the favourites to sign the €18 million-rated gloveman - a deal that seems more likely after De Gea admitted Ferguson has been to watch him in action.

However, the Spain under 21 international says he won't consider joining Manchester United until the summer.

"I know Sir Alex Ferguson already has viewed me. After this season we should look at what happens and who wants to talk can come and talk," the Daily Mail quotes De Gea as saying.

"At Atletico, I owe them everything and I would love to stay, but on the other hand Manchester United is a great club."

Manchester United are thought to be in the market for a replacement for current Old Trafford no.1 Edwin Van der Sar and have been linked with a number of potential targets including Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon and Schalke first choice Manuel Neuer.

The Dutchman is expected to retire at the end of the season and - despite Manchester United already brining Danish goalie Anders Lindegaard to Old Trafford - Ferguson admits he may add another to his ranks.

“We haven’t finalised our thoughts on the goalkeeping situation," the Manchester United supremo said after the signing of Lindegaard.

“Edwin has massive experience and you can’t buy that, so it’s a difficult one because he has been a great goalkeeper and will be hard to replace.”

Current Manchester United no.2 Tomasz Kuszczak has also been tipped to leave Old Trafford in the summer so the Red Devils are expected to step up their pursuit of goalkeeping reinforcements.

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