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Manchester United are readying a €14 million (£12m) bid for promising Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David de Gea, according to reports from Spain.

Marca comments that in the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson’s presence at the Mestalla on Wednesday evening to monitor Champions League opponents Valencia, De Gea’s performance for los Colchoneros caught the eye, prompting the legendary manager to step up his interest.

De Gea only emerged as a regular first-team player at the Vicente Calderon midway through last season, but the 19-year-old has shown assuredness beyond his years, and is emerging as one of the best goalkeepers in Spain.

He guided Atleti to their Europa League triumph last season as well as displacing Sergio Asenjo from the starting XI, and his style has been compared to current Old Trafford incumbent Edwin van der Sar.

His current contract extends until the summer of 2013 with a €20m (£17m) buy-out clause in place, but Ferguson hopes that an offer in the region of €14m would entice the capital club into doing business.

English Premier League compatriots Arsenal have also previously been linked with a swoop for the Spanish u-21 glovesman.

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