Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Manchester United will sign Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David De Gea to replace Edwin van der Sar.
Gifted young goalkeeper brought in to replace Van der Sar
Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Manchester United will sign Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David De Gea this summer.
The Red Devils have been scouring Europe to find a replacement for veteran shot-stopper Edwin van der Sar, who will retire after Saturday's UEFA Champions League final with Barcelona.
Talented Spanish youngster De Gea has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford and has won Ferguson's vote ahead of other reported targets such as Ajax's Maarten Stekelenburg and Schalke's Manuel Neuer.
As revealed by skysports.com earlier on Tuesday
, a deal between the Red Devils and Atletico is in place, with a fee understood to be in the region of 21million euros (£18.3million) with additional add-ons.
And Ferguson feels that the 20-year-old is the ideal man to fill the giant void which will be left by the exit of veteran Dutchman Van der Sar this summer.
The Scot told Sky Sports News
: "We've been working on it for quite a while, we identified him a while back as one we should go for.
"He's a young goalkeeper, very quick, with good composure and presence.
"He's an outstanding replacement for Edwin van der Sar.
"We were looking for someone with the same types of qualities. One great quality Edwin always had was his composure and organisational ability.
"David De Gea is very similar that way."