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Man Utd transfer news: Jan Oblak wants to replace David De Gea

By William Eldridge

Published: 19:10, 10 June 2019

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak favours a move to join Premier League giants Manchester United this summer, according to reports.

This comes after the shot-stopper expressed his concerns regarding the competitiveness of the La Liga outfit heading into next season, stressing that despite recently signing a new contract, his future at the club depends on their ambition matching his own.

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  • Man Utd may finally have to replace David de Gea, who is linked with a summer move to PSG.
  • And Oblak recently said his new contract, signed just in April, does not guarantee he will stay this summer.
  • He now favours a move to United due to ‘broken promises’, according to reports.
  • But Atletico will be especially reluctant to sell as they already need to replace Godin, Lucas Hernandez and Juanfran.
  • Oblak has the most clean sheets (57) of any La Liga goalkeeper since 2016/17.

Oblak’s association with Atletico could be coming to an end this summer, as reported by ESPN, due to his growing frustration of “broken promises” made by the club.

It is claimed he is a boyhood United fan and has set his sights on a move to the Premier League club, despite United’s failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League. The aforementioned source also says United, amid uncertainty over De Gea’s future, drew up a contingency plan to trigger a €120m buyout clause in Oblak’s previous contract.

PSG are also reportedly in the running for Oblak’s signature, as the Slovenia international weighs up his options.

This summer has seen Atletico defenders Lucas Hernandez, Diego Godin and Juanfran all leave the club. Filipe Luis is also set to depart when his contract expires at the end of June.

Elsewhere, star forward Antonine Griezmann has confirmed his desire to move on this summer, with Barcelona the likely destination.

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Once described by Atletico manage Diego Simeone as “the best goalkeeper in the world“, it seems farfetched to suggest Oblak’s departure from the club will be straight-forward, considering his immense talent and his club’s current issues.

Last season, the Atletico goalkeeper missed just one league outing and conceded 27 goals, with the club boasting the best goals conceded record in the league by far.

Oblak kept the most clean sheets in La Liga this season and once again won the highly respected La Liga Zamora Trophy, awarded to the goalkeeper with the best goals to game ratio.