Over the last few weeks, rumour mongerers have become obsessed with David De Gea’s future at Manchester United – or more accurately, obsessed with predicting who could succeed him between the Old Trafford sticks should the Red Devils No.1 complete his potential move to Real Madrid.
Leicester City glovesman Kasper Schemeichel (Sky Sports) and even Manchester City’s exiled shot-stopper Joe Hart (The Indepentent) have been linked, but the latest reports from the latter publication put a different name in the frame – Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak.
Very much Thibaut Courtois’ successor at Vincente Calderon, the 13-cap Slovenian international has excelled since signing from Benfica in summer 2014, winning La Liga’s illustrious Zamora Trophy and claiming a place in the division’s Team of the Year last season, and at the relatively tender age of just 24, he represents a solid long-term investment – albeit one who could set United back a staggering £85million through a release clause.
Whether United – or any club for that matter – would pay that much for a goalkeeper remains to be seen, but as our infographic shows, Oblak would be a worthy successor to the Red Devils’ three-time Player of the Year. In fact, he’s claimed the same number of league clean sheets as De Gea in less appearances, whilst trumping the Spain international for goals conceded and saves per goal – perhaps the most accurate litmus test of shot-stopping ability.
Of course, £85million is ridiculously steep, but if United can work Atletico down to a more reasonable sum, Oblak would be a fantastic replacement for the Real Madrid transfer target.