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article imageOp-Ed: Soccer: Manchester United signs David de Gea, City chases Neymar

By Christopher Bates     Jun 29, 2011 in Sports
Manchester - Following the recent retirement of goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, Manchester United have acquired the services of David de Gea from Atletico Madrid.
The deal, which was confirmed this morning, cost the Red Devil’s £18.9 million ($30.3 million), meaning De Gea is now the second most expensive goalkeeper of all time. The Spain Under-21 international falls behind Gianluigi Buffon, who Juventus bought for £32.6 million ($52.2 million based on today's rate) back in 2001.
Whilst speaking to MUTV, De Gea said: "I feel very proud and I can't wait to start playing here. When a club the size of Manchester United comes in for you, it obviously makes you very, very happy. I'm keen to do my best and show what I can do."
At just 20 years of age, the Spaniard already has a remarkable list of achievements, including the: UEFA Europa League 09/10, UEFA Super Cup 2010, UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2007 and UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2011.
Tomasz Kuszczak, Anders Lindegaard and Ben Amos are all currently under contract at Old Trafford, although De Gea is expected to be Sir Alex Ferguson’s first choice next season.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the city, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has focused his attention on signing Brazilian wonderkid Neymar, after failing to capture Udinese’s Alexis Sánchez.
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City, who recently qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time, remain in doubt over the future of Carlos Tévez, who has indiciated that he is "never going back to Manchester, not even on holiday, not for anything." Tévez verbally attacked the city of Manchester on Susana Giménez's Argentinian talk show, claiming house prices are too expensive. Reasonable for a player earning £286,000 ($458,000) a week, don't you think?
Although Neymar may be an ideal replacement for Tévez, he certainly lacks the experience City need to challenge for the Premier League. If Tévez and Brazil team-mate Robinho are anything to go by, would Neymar's experience in Manchester differ from the large trail of South Americans that have fell victim to the English lifestyle?
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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