Sir Alex Ferguson has put goalkeeper David de Gea on the market and Barcelona are set to snap up the Manchester United star in the summer.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the Old Trafford boss is ready to cut his losses on the 22-year-old and will offload him in the summer.
It also claims Barcelona are eyeing up a bid at the end of the season as they look to replace current number one Victor Valdes, who recently confirmed he would not be signing an extension to his current deal.
The 31-year-old’s contract expires in the summer of 2014 and the report claims the Catalan club want to find his long-term successor in the summer and the Manchester United ‘keeper is top of the list.
De Gea joined Ferguson’s squad in the summer of 2011 in an £18.9million deal from Atletico Madrid, but hasn’t been the undisputed number one he was expected to be when replacing the retired Edwin van der Sar.
The Spain Under-21 international has attracted criticism for his performances and the Mundo Deportivo report claims Ferguson does not believe De Gea will have the physical attributes needed to succeed in the Premier League.
It even says Untied are prepared to make a loss on De Gea and they will begin the search for another number one.