David De Gea: Summer Transfer Window Profile and Scouting Report

Laura GreeneFeatured ColumnistMay 23, 2013

Manchester United's David de Gea.
Manchester United's David de Gea.

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is among the many players being tipped for a possible transfer in the summer window.

Here's a breakdown of his numbers and a brief scouting guide to the Spanish shot-stopper, along with a few hints as to where he might be playing next summer.


Age: 22

Contract Situation: De Gea’s current five-year contract runs out in June 2016.

Career Stops: Atletico Madrid (2009-2011) Manchester United (2011-current)

Current Campaign Stats:

Premier League—28 games, 11 clean sheets

Champions League—7 games, 1 clean sheet

FA Cup—5 games, 1 clean sheet


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Scouting Guide

Filling the boots of Edwin van der Sar was never going to be an easy task. However, David de Gea is rising to the challenge and winning lots of acclaim.

Skilled at saving both long- and close-range shots, De Gea has quick reflexes and is a confident keeper in open play and dead-ball situations. The 22-year-old is also good with the ball at his feet, a trait he has in common with the much-lauded Van der Sar.

Dealing with crosses is an aspect of De Gea’s game that needs work, but as a 22-year-old he has lots of time to improve.

His inclusion in the 2012/13 PFA Team of the Year speaks volumes about how his fellow pros rate his ability between the sticks. 


Where Next?

It’s hard to believe that De Gea will leave Manchester United any time soon.

He is a Premier League title-holder with three years left to run on his current deal, and his game is beginning to blossom for the Old Trafford side.

However, the Mirror reports that he is the subject of interest from Real Madrid.

Perhaps this is to be expected after his fine performance against Los Blancos in the Champions League this term—arguably his best showing in a Manchester United shirt so far.

Barcelona and Chelsea have also registered their interest, according to the Mirror and the Express, respectively. 

But, quoted by Sky Sports, De Gea has insisted that he is not leaving Old Trafford.