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Madrid eye summer move for United youngster

David de GeaManchester United are braced to receive a £22million bid for David De Gea in the summer from Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Iker Casillas was dropped in Real’s game against Malaga, and it seems Jose Mourinho is on the hunt for a long-term replacement for the Spain captain.

The two are known to have a stormy relationship at the club, and although 31-year-old Casillas has previously said he’d like to finish his career at Real, recent comments have indicated that he might be open to a move.

De Gea was signed by United as a replacement for Edwin van der Sar for over £18million.
There have been rumours that the Spanish goalkeeper has suffered from homesickness, however, since he moved from Atletico Madrid 18 months ago.

The Spain Under-21 is now the top target for Madrid boss Mourinho, according to The Sun.
A Real insider said: ‘De Gea is definitely wanted by Mourinho but a lot depends on his own future.

‘But he’s studied De Gea’s form closely and is very interested.’

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Daily Mail nonsense or legitimate story? I get the feeling there’s a lot of truth behind it. Joe Hart to United anyone?!



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  3. Prince Evans

    December 30, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    If these rumours were to be true, Mourinho must be a day dreamer. Yes, he must be chasing after the ghost. Someone should ask him to stop kissing the air. David Dea Gea is our number one keeper and not for sale. In fact, there was no sign of “FOR SALE” placed on his body or on his face period!


    December 30, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    DE GEA think twice before u make a dicession.look at cr7 now he is pleading to come back

  5. Owen

    December 30, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Have watched over 1000 games in last 10 years but was the first time yesterday saw that in whole game,the right back never overlapped Valencia.Smalling is not a right back Fergie.Play Fletcher atleast.He has played there before and is much better than Smalling .

    Those criticizing Valencia should remember that a winger needs the full back to support him.You know even Ronaldo is looking average recently in the absence of Marcelo.

    • Redrich

      December 31, 2012 at 1:56 am

      @Owen: I would criticize Valencia. He not only has a problem deciding whether to pass/cross/shoot, he has a huge problem deciding anything.
      If he has to rely on a fullback to make him a decent winger, he has a very long wait at this club. Rafael is the one we have that could do that, and he’s not that great at his given position of defending.

  6. Redrich

    December 30, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Getting our money back for DDG would be a huge coup for the club. He is showing consistently that he cannot adapt to the PL and I think it would be wise to cut ties ASAP.
    He is clearly out of his element and is now spending most of time rooted to the GL on corners and wide FK’s. IMO he has regressed over what was a poor showing last year.

    • AS

      December 30, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      @Redrich: I literally couldn’t disagree more

      • Redrich

        December 31, 2012 at 1:47 am

        @AS: Look, mate, at some point you have to realize a mistake, and this was probably a huge one. Get him back to his homeland without a loss of revenue and we can move on to the next prospect.
        SAF usually makes one or two mistakes at GK before we settle on a United Legend, so I say give DDG a big pass and move on.

        • AS

          December 31, 2012 at 10:51 am

          @Redrich: I really do feel that De Gea has the potential to be the world’s best keeper. He is already one of the best shot stoppers in the league, and has improved his penalty box presence this season since Newcastle away. I don’t think he was bad last season, he saved us in more than a couple of away games (Chelsea, Liverpool and Norwich spring to mind). I just don’t want him to be another Pique is all, because I’m positive he’ll get better and better.

  7. The_Philosopher

    December 30, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    I might be ok with a straight swap. De Gea for Casillas.

    But I would rather keep De Gea.

    • Opti

      December 30, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      @The_Philosopher: Straight swap? 2nd keeper at Madrid for United’s number 1?? Surely, you are not fond of market forces: 15 million and Casillas = De Gea… and that is mostly based on potential.

      De Gea, at 22, is an excellent keeper, regardless of what Redrich thinks. De Gea is on his way up and Casillas, at 31, (regardless of greatness) is on his way down.

      • Redrich

        December 31, 2012 at 2:39 am

        @Opti: There is no up-side to his performances. He fluffs his lines on a consistent basis and shows no improvement over his horrible perversity for error and misjudgment. He does seem like a very nice guy (and all of that), and he can stop a shot that doesn’t seem possible to stop, but honestly, this is not the man to put behind a struggling defense.
        He needs more nurse-maiding than this team can offer and he should go back to his homeland where he can get the right kind of seasoning.
        Your loyalty to a young man trying to make his way in a difficult league is admiral. However, United cannot afford that sympathy when they need a proper Goalie that can help (and not hinder) a wanting defense.

        • Opti

          December 31, 2012 at 7:22 am

          @Redrich: “this is not the man to put behind a struggling defense”
          — United should NEVER have a struggling defense. Even EVDS was only able to keep his amazing clean-sheet record with Vidic-Rio in the back and a top-performing Evra. World class defenses breeds world class goal-keepers. Not the other way around.

          Once United’s defense comes back to it’s former glory and we can give De Gea standard United-style defending, expect De Gea to keep clean-sheet after clean-sheet.

          If you cannot see that he has improved, I am seriously surprised. He strands himself rarely and his punching (however, foreign a concept it may seem) has improved and become useful. His distribution is world-class already. His shot-stopping/reaction is world class. He is 22 years old and tending United’s goal as our #1. Imagine Welbeck leading the attack? De Gea is doing a formidable job and deserves recognition and, at least, a chance to showcase his talents. 3-3 Chelsea is all I can think off, when I doubt De Gea. 😀

          Give De Gea a chance.

        • Opti

          December 31, 2012 at 7:27 am

          @Redrich: Finally, De Gea has been unfortunate to be the victim of criminal defensive injury records. Last season and this one, we have had Carrick, Valencia, and/or Fletcher in defense along with experimentation of Jones and Smalling (last season). No keeper would be able to be The Man behind such defenses. Think about Peter Cech/Casillas, when they started out at Chelsea/Madrid: world class defense breeds world class keepers. So, let’s give De Gea (and Fergie) the benefit of doubt and wait to fully judge De Gea until he is in behind a proper defense.

  8. Nuevo

    December 31, 2012 at 7:49 am

    No way for this to happen. i can only speculate here but i see it as a ploy by Jose to put Cassilas in his place. JM needs to show who’s the boss at Madrid and hence gets one of his lackeys to reveal info accordingly 😐

  9. Benard Orang'i

    December 31, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    We man u fans expects DE GEA for more seasons in old traford

  10. Redrich

    January 1, 2013 at 2:37 am

    To you all. What I have said is just my own opinion.

    I honestly don’t see any improvement over his shaky start last season, and if anything, I see a regression. He seems to have less confidence and less technical ability. Parrying the ball, twice, straight into the path of a goal scorer is not good goal keeping – in fact it’s an elemental, disastrous failure to follow GK’ing basics. I see his reticence to command his box as a negative influence on any central defensive pairing, let alone one that hasn’t found its own legs yet.
    On the plus side he does have wonderful reflexes and there is no question that he has saved as many goals as he’s let in. He has a decent kicking game and a sense of attentive positioning when his position is attacked.
    What he lacks is:
    1/. Size.
    2/. Maturity.
    3/. Aggression.
    All of which will not be improved on in the near future and perhaps never.

    If United are to win all the games that are possible for them to win, they need a solid, experienced GK that doesn’t make mistakes.

    DDG seems like a fine young keeper, but IMO he’s not the man for our job.

    • Warzycha

      January 1, 2013 at 11:48 am


      Is Smalling a proper full back? Is he able to start game after game for MU? No, cause he is very cautious, not skillful whith the ball on his feet and not a good crosser.
      Is Rafael a proper full back? No, cause when it comes to defensive skills he is … crap!!! Against Bayern Munich , he was the one who tackled when it wasn’t needed and he was shown the red card. Did he learn something from this? … Time will tell. Cause he is still very young.

      What I’m trying to say is that you can’t judge just one player. There are many missing parts in the squad. Evra is awful for example and Carrick is very slow for a holdin midfielder position. Ferdinand can’t jump as high as he could etc.
      It’s the whole team that cannot defend properly.

      Also, this is a squad consisted of LEGENDS + WINNERS + some very talented players who are in the process of becoming winners. Give them some time and we will have some great players

      P.S. : I never rated Pique as a good PL defender, even now that he has proven his worth, playing for Barcelona. But, for PL football, he was and still is very average.

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