Atletico Madrid sports chief Jose Luis Perez Caminero has hinted that goalkeeper David de Gea will be leaving the club this summer.
The Spanish U21 international has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United all summer, with Sir Alex Ferguson confirming a fortnight ago that the Red Devils had targeted the youngster.
A replacement for Edwin Van der Sar is known to be the priority for Ferguson this summer, with Maarten Steklenberg, Manuel Neuer and Hugo Lloris all linked to Old Trafford towards the end of the season.
However, De Gea has emerged as the clear favourite to fill the Dutchman's boots at Manchester United, and Atletico sports chief Jose Luis Perez Caminero has suggested that the player will not be plying his trade at the Estadio Vicente Calderón.
"We now have three players for that position," said Caminero in reference to the club's keeper situation.
"If one of them is to leave, we must find a replacement, we have shuffled several names and one can be Roberto (of Benfica)."
Ferguson admitted back in May that Manchester United would look to make three signatures in the transfer window, and England U21 international Phil Jones was the first to sign for a fee in the region of £20 million.
Whilst De Gea has been coy over the interest, the 20-year-old is thought to be keeping focused on his international duties before sorting personal terms with Manchester United, who remain 'relaxed' over the situation.