David De Gea appears on his way to Old Trafford after undergoing a medical for Manchester United. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
Manchester United may be closing in on their third summer signing as Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David De Gea underwent a medical on Monday afternoon. It has long been speculated that the U-21 Spain international would be making a move to Old Trafford this summer to replace the retired Edwin van der Sar. The transfer fee, which will be a reported £17.6-million, pushes manager Sir Alex Ferguson's summer spending to around £50-million total thus far after splashing cash for Ashley Young and Phil Jones as well.
De Gea's talent is obvious as he's an excellent shot stopper and he shows good command in the air - the latter of which is vital in the English Premier League. An obvious concern would be his age - the 20-year-old will be succeeding one of the all-time great goalkeepers in United's history. However, the Spaniard is considered to be modest and poised and he has even drawn comparisons to van der Sar as teammates in the past have dubbed him "van der Gea." United supporters will surely hope finding a successor to the retired Dutchman goes much smoother than the transition from Peter Schmeichel's departure - it took six years before van der Sar was brought in to bring stability between the posts for United.