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Manchester United make move to sign Barcelona youngster Iñaki Peña

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Manchester United are ready to make a move for Barcelona youngster Iñaki Peña - and will offer him a sizeable contract to lure him away from the Nou Camp according to reports in Spain.

The Red Devils seem certain to lose David de Gea in the summer to Spanish giants Real Madrid, and although Peña is only 16-years-old he's considered as a bright prospect for the future.

Barcelona are keen on keeping the talented youngster and have offered him improved terms to stay put - however according to Spanish newspaper Sport Manchester United will give him a massive 500% pay-rise to persuade him to swap Spain for England.

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As it stands the young goalkeeper has a €3 million release clause in his contract and Barcelona are concerned he could be spirited away by Manchester United or another English club before they have time to act. 

However the paper says that boss Louis van Gaal is fighting a losing battle because Peña wants to remain with Barcelona and build a career there. Further casting doubt over the deal is the fact that Manchester United aren't willing to pay his full release clause and will only enter negotiations with Barcelona if the player wants to move which, for now at least, isn't the case.

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A more pressing concern for Manchester United is the seemingly imminent departure of De Gea, who has reportedly already agreed terms with Real Madrid. 

Moving on

The Spanish international, who has around a year left on his current contract, has so far refused to put pen to paper on an extension offer worth £200,000-per-week. Former Barcelona ace Victor Valdes is already at Old Trafford however Manchester United are said to be resigned to losing their number one and have already started looking at potential replacements.

Reports in the Netherlands say that they are closing in on a deal for Dutch number one Jasper Cillessen.

The Ajax shotstopper is believed to be one of Van Gaal's top targets after the Dutch coach privately conceded that luring Hugo Lloris away from Tottenham isn't likely. 

The former Lyon ace is tied down to a long-term deal with Spurs and chairman Daniel Levy is a notoriously tough negotiator, making a deal all but impossible. 

Opinion

The De Gea saga is starting to drag horribly now - it's in all parties' best interest that a deal is done sooner rather than later. 

There's rumours about Iker Casillas and De Gea not getting along, there's speculation over a seemingly endless list of replacements for the Spaniard, and so much speculation about the goings-on behind the scene it's ridiculous. 

Manchester United fans - would you accept an offer of £10 million plus Fabio Coentrao for De Gea?

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