CONFIRMED: United starlet target cleared for summer move from Madrid

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Manchester United goalkeeper target David De Gea has been given the green light over a potential summer switch.

The young Spanish stopper is one of a number of keepers thought to be on the Old Trafford radar, and Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is thought to have sent scouts to watch the player in recent seasons.

With Edwin Van der Sar set to retire at the end of the season, the Red Devils have stepped up their pursuit for a new No.1 and are already actively looking to fill the vital position at Manchester United.

"We've made it known that we would like him to continue playing here, but in the end it is down to the player to decide where he wants to play," Atletico Madrid chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin told Marca.

"If De Gea asked to leave Atletico, the club is not going to close the door."

The goalkeeper was thought to be close to making a Manchester United move in November, with The Times claiming a £15 million deal between the two parties was close.


The stopper has spent his young career with Los Colchoneros, and already has 36 La Liga appearances to his name after making his debut last season.

De Gea has previously spoken on interest from England, and admitted that playing in the Barclays Premier League would appeal. Manchester United could provide the opportunity.

"The Premier League would be enjoyable and is an option I would like a bit later in life."

Rene Adler, Manuel Neuer and Maarten Steklenberg have also been linked with the role at Manchester United, and Ferguson has options in advance of the next transfer window.

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