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Valdes to rebuild fitness at United

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Jan 23, 2013

United open to De Gea offers

Manchester United are willing to let goalkeeper David de Gea leave the club this summer following his erratic form, ESPN understands.

David de Gea joined Manchester United for £17 million from Atletico Madrid
De Gea has demonstrated he is a fine shot-stopper, although his ability on crosses has been questioned

De Gea, 22, came in for criticism at the weekend after his weak punch allowed Tottenham Hotspur to grab a late leveller at White Hart Lane.

The mistake was not the Spaniard's first since his £18.5 million move from Atletico Madrid in 2011, and it has led to fresh conjecture over his future.

ESPN understands that United are now open to offers for the shot-stopper, although nothing will happen until the summer.

Despite a respect for the goalkeeper's basic talent at the club, there is an increasing feeling that his failure to adjust to life in England has contributed to, and exacerbated some, remaining flaws in his game - not least his physical presence at crosses.

The mood and response following his latest mistake is said to be akin to when Tim Howard spilled a shot against Porto in the 2003-04 Champions League last 16, allowing Costinha to score the late goal that put United out of the competition.

Following that error, Howard never fully recovered his starting position. Instead, Sir Alex Ferguson often rotated him with Roy Carroll before finally signing Edwin van der Sar in the summer of 2005.

In the meantime, the Red Devils have been looking at options, but it is understood that there has been no contact with Barcelona's Victor Valdes.

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