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28/06/2011 09:30

Papers: De Gea deal almost done

Mark Ogden writes in The Telegraph...

De Gea flies in to seal deal
David de Gea is set to complete his £18.3 million transfer from Atlético Madrid to Manchester United on Tuesday after flying into Manchester to undergo a medical on Monday. Goalkeeper De Gea, who helped Spain to success in the European Under-21 Championship in Denmark earlier this month, will take United’s summer spending to £49.8 million after being identified by Sir Alex Ferguson as the successor to Edwin van der Sar, who retired at the end of last season. Despite attempts by United to keep De Gea’s arrival in Manchester under wraps by hiding the 20 year-old behind a blanket as he entered the Bridgewater Hospital for his medical on Monday afternoon, his capture was heralded by Ferguson last month, with the United manager confirming in May that a deal had been thrashed out for the highly-rated youngster. Ferguson is determined to add at least one further signing to his squad before the start of the new season, with interest in Wesley Sneijder and Samir Nasri expected to result in a bid for at least one of those players.

In other transfer news, the Mirror claims Sunderland are still in pole position to land £5million midfielder Darron Gibson, despite interest from rivals Newcastle United. The newpaper bases this on the Black Cats reportedly lodging a bid a couple of weeks ago, while the Magpies haven't yet opened talks with the Reds.

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