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13/04/2011 08:44
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Papers: De Gea warning

Mark Ogden of the Daily Telegraph writes..

Atletico Madrid have warned Manchester United they must meet a €25m buy-out clause to sign goalkeeper David De Gea after insisting the club has not given agent Jorge Mendes permission to strike a deal for the Spain U-21 international.

Spanish radio station Onda Cero claimed last night that United have had a €20m bid for the 20 year-old accepted by Atletico with the decision now left with the player, while other reports suggested that Arsenal have also firmed up their interest in Spain U-21 international.

Portuguese agent Mendes, who helped negotiate United’s moves for Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Bebe, had reportedly been sanctioned to negotiate De Gea’s transfer.

But Atletico chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin dismissed those claims, saying : "He (Mendes) has no power to negotiate for the Atletico player.

“At the end of the season, we'll see if he (De Gea) goes or stays. If he wants to leave, we refer to Clause (25 million euros.). Today, Atletico have him for next season."

Meanwhile, the boss has already had his say on the story, asserting: "You know, on Italian television they're saying we've signed two players from Italy, so I'd place this with that. There's always speculation but I can't answer it. I think we were linked with 112 players one year."

Of course, there's plenty of reaction to the superb win against Chelsea that took United into the last four of the Champions League.

The Sun's headline is Ji Whizz while Rooney finds the old magic to reduce Chelsea dream to ruins is The Independent's take on events.

The Mirror go for Pea 45 with a picture of Javier Hernandez accompanied by the suggestion that Carlo Ancelotti's position as Chelsea boss is under threat following the defeat.

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