United made to sweat on key summer signing

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Manchester United target David de Gea has delayed making a decision on his future until after the European Under-21 Championships.

The 20-year-old Atletico Madrid goalkeeper was speaking at the Spanish training camp before flying out to Denmark ahead of this summer's tournament.

Having been identified as the man to succeed the retiring Edwin Van der Sar between the sticks at Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson was hoping to tie up a deal for De Gea early in the transfer window in an attempt to stave off interest from other parties.

However, the highly rated stopper has so far been reluctant to commit to a summer switch to Manchester United, raising a cause of concern for Red Devils fans.

Press reports had previously suggested that United had agreed a €21million fee with Atletico for De Gea, and that it was just a case of talking personal terms.


But the player's lawyer responded by denying that any deal was in place, and palmed off reports as mere speculation – saying his client would not consider any offers until the close of the season.

But De Gea has now further delayed his decision when he announced, "I will only speak about my future after the end of the Euro U21s.

"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."

After making his Atletico debut in September 2009 aged 18, De Gea has already racked up 84 first-team games for the Spanish side.

Should he complete a move to Manchester United he could make the long-term goalkeeping position his own, and look forward to an illustrious Red Devils career.

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