Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has been heavily linked to Spanish giants Real Madrid for the last couple of years. Back in 2015, a deal to send him to Los Blancos for £29 million and goalkeeper Keylor Navas was near completion with the deal only falling through because the paperwork was not submitted on time. Since then, the Madrid native has been rumored to head back to his hometown in the following transfer windows with many experts almost certain that a deal will eventually go through.
United may look to De Gea’s former club Atletico Madrid for a replacement once again as according to the Manchester Evening News, the Red Devils are interested in signing Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak if De Gea chooses to leave in the summer. Oblak will not come cheap however as Atletico have included a £85 million release clause in his contract. If United choose to activate it, they will more than double the current record fee for a goalkeeper, the £33 million that Juventus paid for Gianluigi Buffon back in 2001.
Despite United not guaranteed to be in the Champions League next season, sources say that Oblak is not against taking a club into the Champions League. “I think for every player it is an honour to come to the UK and play for clubs like this one,” said one source. “A lot of top clubs from Europe want the best goalkeeper in the world. In the UK, there are three of them who show an interest regarding Jan Oblak. If De Gea goes back to Spain, everything is possible”
Oblak’s teammates Antoine Griezmann and Jose Gimenez have also been linked to United moves. Other goalkeepers connected to United of late are Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno and AC Milan teenager Gianluigi Donnarumma. According to the article, neither has been approached with a formal offer.