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United read to swoop for De Gea
Manchester United will step up their efforts to land Spanish wonderkid keeper David De Gea after Edwin van der Sar confirmed yesterday that he will retire at the end of the season. It has been an open secret that Manchester United's Dutch international would call it quits this summer at the age of 40, after a spectacular Old Trafford finale to his long and illustrious career. Speaking yesterday, the veteran keeper insisted that he owed it to his family to retire from the incessant demands of the top-flight game, even though he still feels fit enough to carry on. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has always maintained that he will respect the player's decision, and will now look to offer Van der Sar an off-field role within the club. First, though, he will look to secure a top-class replacement, and he sees 20-year-old De Gea as the ideal man to take the club into the next decade.
The Telegraph says that Germany’s Manuel Neuer and Holland’s Maarten Stekelenburg head a three-man shortlist to replace Edwin van der Sar, a list which also includes De Gea.
However, the Daily Star is confident that Sir Alex Ferguson is “eyeing a £20million summer move for Pepe Reina as he prepares for life without Edwin van der Sar”.
The Star also says that United’s FA Cup opponents Southampton are determined to keep hold of their starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is the subject of interest from United, Arsenal and Liverpool. However, the paper says he’s out to impress in Saturday’s fourth round tie at St Mary’s.