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Atletico Madrid chief Miguel Angel Gil Marin has denied media reports in Spain that a deal has already been struck that will see their highly-rated young goalkeeper David De Gea move to Manchester United this summer.

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According to the reports, crediting Spanish radio station Onda Cero, agent Jorge Mendes had travelled to England and reached an agreement with United that will see the 20-year-old De Gea join the Red Devils for a fee of €20 million.

However, speaking to Spanish newspaper AS, Atletico's chief executive Angel Gil said: "Mendes is in England, but it is for nothing related to De Gea. He doesn't have any power from Atletico to negotiate for the player.

"At the end of the season we will see if he goes or if he remains. If he wants to go, we will refer to his buy-out clause. As of today, Atletico count on him for next season.''

Following United's Champions League victory over Chelsea, Sir Alex Ferguson also played down the reports.

"On Italian television I am supposed to be signing two players from Italy tonight, so I can place that story along with those," he said. "There is always speculation about who we are going to sign. So many people throw names at me. I can't answer it."

United signed Anders Lindegaard in January but with Edwin van der Sar retiring in the summer and Tomasz Kuszczak set to leave, they are still searching for a No. 1 for next season.

They were linked with Schalke's Manuel Neuer but he appears destined to join Bayern Munich.


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