Atletico Madrid eye Manchester United star in summer loan move

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Atletico Madrid are weighing up a loan bid for Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea - if Chelsea recall Thibaut Courtois at the end of the season.

According to the Daily Mail, Courtois could be set to return to parent club Chelsea at the end of this campaign, in which case Atletico Madrid would be in the market for a new keeper this summer.

And former-Atletico player De Gea has emerged as a potential transfer target. The Spaniard joined United in a £18m switch in 2011, but has been linked with a return to La Liga this season after a series of high-profile gaffes.

The Spain under-21 international is highly-rated by the Old Trafford coaching staff, but his inability to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League has cast doubt on his long-term future at the club.

United have been linked with moves for a number of different keepers - most recently Stoke City shot-stopper Asmir Begovic - as the Premier League leaders explore alternatives to De Gea.

Courtois meanwhile has been a huge success at the Vicente Calderon. The Belgian has spent 18 months at the club so far. He joined at the beginning of the 2011-12 season, immediately after signing for Chelsea from Genk.

He initially signed up for a season-long loan, but the La Liga club extended that deal by another year at the end of last term.

The 20-year-old keeper is viewed as the long-term successor to Petr Cech at Stamford Bridge, and the European champions are likely to recall him at the end of the this season.

As a result, the report claims Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone could turn to De Gea as a replacement - but Atletico would be looking to loan the Spaniard rather than buy him outright. 

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