Manchester United set sights on £15m Atletico Madrid 'keeper David De Gea to replace Edwin van der Sar - report

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Manchester United have targeted Atletico Madrid 'keeper David De Gea as their ideal replacement for Edwin van der Sar, who looks set to retire at the end of the season, according to the Daily Mail.

The 40-year-old Dutchman again outlined the Red Devils need for a new world-class keeper next season after delivering a man-of-the-match performance in his side's 2-0 victory over Arsenal in their quarter-final clash at Old Trafford on Saturday and it is thought that the 20-year old Spaniard is top of Sir Alex Ferguson's wishlist.

United currently have Polish stopper Tomasz Kusczcak and Danish international Anders Lindegaard, who joined the club earlier in the season, but neither are seen as long-term successors.

De Gea is reportedly one of a number of goalkeepers that have interested the club, with Maarten Stekelenburg of Ajax and Julio Cesar of Inter Milan having both been linked with a move to the current Premier League leaders in recent months.

The young Atletico starlet is thought to have massive potential and has been touted by many within Spain as the obvious replacement for Iker Casillas as the national team's man at the back, though there would certainly be a risk in throwing such a young player into the first team on arrival.

However, United are reportedly confident that a deal of £15 million could be secured this summer and the club's goalkeeping coach Eric Steele is said to have started undertaking Spanish lessons in preparation for the youngster's arrival at Carrington.

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