The national dailies are suggesting Barcelona are getting ready to poach one of Manchester United’s best youngsters.
Barcelona could be about to make their SECOND attempt to sign Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.
Victor Valdes is not getting any younger and Barcelona are reportedly mulling over a multi-million pound bid for the player they once refused to pay £500,000 for.
Read into this what you will but it’s the second time De Gea has been seriously linked with a move away from Old Trafford this month with Real Madrid also reportedly interested in singing him.
There doesn’t seem to be a lot of strength to this rumour because United and Sir Alex Ferguson have made no public statements suggesting De Gea does not have a future at the club.
He has a relatively secure place in the United first team and he now looks a lot happier than he did when he first joined United from Atletico Madrid in a deal worth just under £18 million.
The problem United now have is hanging onto him if Barcelona make a formal and official approach for the player because who in heir right mind would say no to Barca? Especially, considering De Gea is a Spaniard.
If, and it’s a big if, skin starts to form over the top of this rumour then it may be very difficult for United to convince De Gea to stay at Old Trafford because he’ll have the chance to move to the best team in the world and back to his home in Spain.
What you need to also throw into the mix is De Gea’s background having already played for a Madrid based side in Atletico.
There are probably more socio-political implications of playing football in Barcelona and Madrid than anywhere else in the world. How would the die hard Catalan fans of Barca feel about the club signing a born and raised Madridian?
De Gea is the number one at Old Trafford regardless of whatever you read about competition with Anders Lindegaard at Manchester United. He has started in the last nine matches for the club and his position seems unquestioned.
He may feel as though he still has a point to prove to everyone who has said he’s not strong or good enough to play football in England and have a long and successful career.
If Sir Alex Ferguson didn’t think he had a future in his side then he’d already be gone instead of routinely playing.
Calling all United fans, would you be happy if the club sold De Gea?
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