United 'confident' of landing £17m No.1 target - reports

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Manchester United remain confident they will secure the services of David de Gea this summer, according to reports.

The Spanish U21 international stopper has delayed making a decision over his future until after the European Championships in Denmark are over, although the Red Devils are widely expected to complete a deal for the player before the start of next season.

"Right now my challenge is to help the Spain team, but generally my desire is to play at the top and to improve day to day," said De Gea earlier in the week.

He was far from willing to commit that a move is ready to be completed days later though, and only yesterday was coy on becoming the new number one at Old Trafford.

"Until the Euros are finished and things calm down a bit, I don't know anything," said the player, according to ESPNSoccernet.

"I don't know what goalkeepers Alex Ferguson likes. I'm just a normal goalkeeper, a discrete one. Being Atletico's goalkeeper is completely different to being Manchester United's and I'm not quite sure what he's looking for."


The Daily Mail reported yesterday that Manchester United remain relaxed over the situation though, and that the £17 million deal for the 20-year-old simply needs to be 'rubber-stamped'.

De Gea was confirmed as the top target as a replacement for Edwin Van der Sar back in May, with the Manchester United manager confirming that he'd earmarked the player over a plethora of other keepers linked with a move to Old Trafford.

"We've been working on it [De Gea transfer] for quite a while. We identified him quite a while back as one we should go for. He's a young goalkeeper, very quick, good composure, presence and an outstanding replacement for van der Sar," said Ferguson at Gary Neville's testimonial match.

The player will come-up against Phil Jones, who reportedly undertook a Manchester United medical on Wednesday night ahead of a proposed £16 million move, on Sunday night when England play Spain in Group B of the Euro U21s.

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