It seems there’s trouble brewing in paradise over at Atletico Madrid, ESPN suggest, as star goalkeeper Jan Oblak wants a move away from the Spanish capital this summer. It’s further added that he’d favour a move to Manchester United over PSG, having been a boyhood Red Devil.
United already have one outstanding goalie between the sticks, but Oblak would be a perfect replacement for David De Gea, whose future is also not exactly set in stone. Here are two main reasons why we think United won’t find a better replacement for the Spaniard than Oblak…
Oblak hardly needs an introduction at all, considering all of his past accolades and achievements that are borderline sci-fi. Last season saw him win his fourth Zamora trophy in a row, an award given to the best goalkeeper in Spain or rather, the one with the lowest goals-to-games ratio at the end of their respective campaign. If you’re looking for one of the world’s best or even the very best goalkeeper on the planet, Oblak is your man.
Just the thought that he might be available had United pondering activating his €120m release clause (£106.7m) back in April, in an attempt to get ahead of the curve in case something happens with De Gea. If the Red Devils are truly looking for someone who could fill their goalie’s shoes, they should look no further than Oblak.
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Outside of Oblak, there simply aren’t too many good options for United to choose from. The Red Devils have missed the boat a little bit on this one; over the last two years, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City have invested big money in some of the best goalkeepers around, leaving the remaining pool a little shallow. The Sun claim United’s main alternative to Oblak is Hugo Lloris – suspect, to say the least.
Sure, the proposed £106.7m release clause is no pocket money but it is the right price considering the quality of the player they are getting in return. On top of that, since it’s a release clause, Atletico would have no say in the matter and if Oblak truly wants to leave, United might actually stand a pretty good chance pulling this deal off.