After undergoing a medical David De Gea is finally set to complete his move to Manchester United. Born Offside takes a closer look at the talented stopper…

It was discovered some time ago that David De Gea would be the man charged with replacing Edwin Van Der Sar at Old Trafford and now that move seems to be in it’s final stages.

Atletico Madrid will receive £18.3million for their prized asset who was outstanding in goal as Spain waltzed to the Under-21 European Championship trophy.

De Gea felt the opportunity to join one of the biggest clubs in world football was too good to turn down and chose to reject an offer to extend his Atletico Madrid contract beyond 2013.

Sir Alex Ferguson had been linked with moves for Manuel Neuer or Maarten Stekelenburg but is convinced De Gea has the ability to be the club’s No.1 for many years.

And although Ferguson is suspect when it comes to picking goalkeepers (read Mark Bosnich, Massimo Taibi and Fabian Bartez) De Gea has all the attributes to succeed.

He is tall and athletic like Van Der Sar, with first class reflexes and command of his area for one so young. Something fellow Spaniard Pepe Reina was keen to stress as his countryman looks set to move to the North-West.

“I very much welcome this news because David is a great keeper,” Reina told La Gaceta.

“When it becomes official he is going to start working to prove in the Premier League what a good goalkeeper he is.”

Despite his age, De Gea has been a regular in the Atletico team since 2009 winning the Europa League in 2010.

The deal takes United’s summer spending to more than £50m following the the signing of defender Phil Jones from Blackburn and winger Ashley Young from Aston Villa.

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