Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has claimed that he "would sign Iniesta" from Barcelona this summer – while also urging manager Louis van Gaal to keep his friend Juan Mata in the first team.

The new United boss has been handed a reported £200m to bolster the squad in the summer after the Premier League giants finished in a hugely disappointing seventh under David Moyes last season.

And De Gea has made no secret of how he would spend the money this summer during an interview with Movistar.

"I would sign Iniesta. I would bring him to Manchester because for me, if not the best in the world, he is one of the best. He has character, great quality, goals... he has everything."

Recent reports in Spain claim that van Gaal is set to allow Mata to leave the club just six months after making a record £37.5 move to Old Trafford from Chelsea.

The Dutch manager has traditional played without a number ten and could reportedly consider offloading the Spaniard and look towards Atletico Madrid's Koke or Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.

However, De Gea believes that Mata still has much to give to United and hopes he stays at Old Trafford.

"I would not sell him. We have made a step forward with him this season, he is a great player and he has been fitted very well in the squad. In Manchester people love him and for me he is a very important player," De Gea said.

The United goalkeeper also recently revealed that he has been attempting to convince Cesc Fabregas to join himself and Mata at Old Trafford.

"He [Fabregas] is a top player, there are many clubs who want him and he is at Barcelona, the club of his life. I have spoken to him to go to Manchester, but it will be complicated."

De Gea, Iniesta, Mata and Fabregas are all currently in Spain as part of Vicente del Bosque's 30-provisional squad for the World Cup in Brazil.