£19million on a five-year contract.
Following on from the article I wrote a few months ago looking at the possible goalkeeping options available to replace Van der Sar at Old Trafford, it is Spaniard David De Gea who has been chosen as the new number one for an estimated £19million on a five-year contract.
The signing ends numerous months of uncertainty over who Sir Alex would pick, even if lately it seemed probable it would be De Gea. The Spaniard did not want to enter into any negotiations until after the U21 European Championship, where he helped Spain lift the trophy in Denmark. So, it seemed sure to go through this week.
De Gea, 20 years old, has plenty of experience even for his youthful age. Last season he made 45 appearances for Atletico Madrid, keeping 24 clean sheets in total and helped the club finish seventh in La Liga and qualify for the Europa League. The previous season to that he won the Europa League beating Fulham in the final.
Numerous people have praised the ‘keeper on his abilities with former United striker Diego Forlan singing his praises. He however did state the few issues that could arise with De Gea not settling down in England and the language barrier.
However, I think that this is the best investment we could have made for a goalkeeper and expect him to settle quickly and be a fan favourite. His quality will show as he is a quick athletic player with a 6ft3 frame, with great reactions and good shot stopping and catching abilities. Furthermore, his distribution from the back is accurate with no fear of passing outwards to build the play.
This is Fergusons third signing of the summer so far along with new recruits Phil Jones and Ashley Young, as he looks to build a new squad for the future with fresh new youth ready to prosper in the Theatre of Dreams. De Gea could well be a player that will be wearing a United shirt for many years to come.
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