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Barcelona preparing bid for Man Utd keeper De Gea

Barcelona are planning to bid for Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.

The Daily Star says the Spanish giants are drawing up plans to replace veteran keeper Victor Valdes, whose future is uncertain after contract talks stalled.

Barcelona tried to sign De Gea years ago when he was still a youth team player at Atletico Madrid but walked away when told the asking price was £500,000.

He then ended up signing for United in the summer of 2011 for £17m - and it would cost a lot more than that now to snatch him out of Old Trafford.

De Gea has been in fine form so far this season and is now considered by Sir Alex Ferguson to be the club's long-term No.1.

That faith will be tested should Barcelona make a bid for him this summer - and the player could be tempted by a return to his homeland.



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