United 'hold talks' over keeper move

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David De Gea's agent has stated that Manchester United have held talks over a proposed move for the Spanish goalkeeper.

The Athletico Madrid stopper has been heavily linked with a move away from the Vicente Calderon with a reported £17.6 release clause on his contract.

United are looking for a replacement for the retiring Edwin Van Der Sar and have targeted the 20-year-old keeper, for which talks have already begun.

His agent, Hector Rincon said: "Well, we did have talks with Manchester United but, first of all, they always look for an agreement with the club.

“Anyway, most of the biggest European teams have shown interest in David de Gea.

"Right now, the player has a contract with Athletico Madrid and if Manchester United or any other team want him they will have to reach an agreement or pay the whole release clause.”

The Old Trafford club have been linked with numerous goalkeepers since Van Der Sar announced his retirement from the game earlier in the season.

The likes of Pepe Reina, Maarten Stekelenburg, Igor Akinfev, Manuel Neuer and Rene Adler are all being linked with a move to the 18-time league champions.

Ferguson will be keen to make a solid signing in goal after the problems he encountered when replacing, Peter Schmeichel, and the success of Van Der Sar's replacement will determine United's success over the next couple of seasons.

United's rivals, Arsenal, have shown how goalkeeping problem can contribute to undermining a club's title bid, and Ferguson will be keen to avoid such a situation this summer.

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