Manchester United Gunning For Atletico Madrid Goalkeeper Jan Oblak

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Manchester United are reportedly gunning for Jan Oblak the Atletico Madrid star stopper. United set their sights on Oblak way back in April and have held talks with Oblak’s representatives about a move to Old Trafford in the event of David de Gea’s departure to Real Madrid in the summer.

The Spanish capital club are under a FIFA imposed transfer ban and cannot sign any player until January 2018. As such, they are unlikely to allow Oblak to leave the club as they cannot bring in a replacement. However, reports say that the Atletico Madrid transfer ban will not hamper Manchester United’s move for Jan Oblak, a Slovenian experienced goal minder.

United . Jan Oblak

Jan Oblak minding the goal mouth of Atletico Madrid

United are not the only club linked with a move for the Slovenia international, with Premier League rivals Chelsea, City rivals, Real and Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain also said to be interested in signing the stopper. The report claims that the goalkeeper, who is open to a move, has an £85m ($108m) minimum release clause in his contract.

Oblak’s transfer to United is hinged on De Gea’s future at Old Trafford with Real Madrid continued to be linked with a move for the Spain international. United boss, Jose Mourinho, believes the Slovenian, who was voted La Liga’s best goalkeeper for the second consecutive season, is the perfect candidate to replace his current number one (De Gea) at Old Trafford.

Again, United’s Jose Mourinho and Chelsea’s Antonio Conte are both moving moves for the Slovenian should either David de Gea or Thibaut Courtois join Real Madrid — with the transfer window business in full swing.

Is Oblak the man?

In April Jan Oblak’s representatives flew in to Manchester for talks over a potential move to Old Trafford, according to reports, as David De Gea’s future looked and still looks increasingly likely to be at Real Madrid.

United . Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak

Jan Oblak

The Red Devils expect to lose their current No1 (David de Gea) in the summer and appear to have identified the Slovenian international (photo: above) as the potential replacement.

It will be recalled that Manchester United reportedly met with the agent of Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak as they stepped up their pursuit of the £85million-rated star.

United boss Jose Mourinho is believed to have held discussions with De Gea over Real Madrid’s longstanding interest in his services, and the Portuguese has nailed home to De Gea that he wants to keep the Spain international in the Premier League.

However, the final decision rests with De Gea himself and, if the 26-year-old brings the curtain down on his career at Old Trafford as he eyes Santiago Bernabéu, the 20-time English top flight champions, and the richest football club in the world, would look to swoop for the Atletico Madrid star Oblak – which is what Mourinho is apparently doing now that the transfer window has slid wide open.

It is not in doubt that Oblak has turned into one of the best goalkeepers in Europe since joining Atletico Madrid. The 24-year-old’s agent recently admitted he could leave the La Liga giants this summer.

Speaking to Le10sports, he said: “The future of Oblak? What’s certain is that various clubs want to sign the best goalkeeper in the world. Two in particular are very interested.”

Oblak joined Atletico Madrid for £12.6m from Benfica in 2014 and has made 113 appearances in the last three seasons with Diego Simeone’s side.

Jan Oblak is a Slovenian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Atlético Madrid and the Slovenia national team as a goalkeeper. He was born on January 7, 1993 (age 24), in Škofja Loka, Slovenia.

I’ll miss David de Gea

I will surely miss De Gea if he leaves Old Trafford. De Gea has been a constant fixture in between the goal posts of the Red Devils for so long I can’t even imagine Manchester United’s goal mouth or eighteen without the tall and lanky Spanish goal-minding maestro.

De Gea came to Old Trafford in June 2011 at the age of 20 years and he was transferred for a whopping £17.8 million or $20 million – for a lad of 20 years – and that struck me at the time – $20 million for 20 years – 20 for 20, What a coincidence!

De Gea

David de Gea

Short BIO: De Gea

David de Gea Quintana was born on November 7, 1990. He is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for English club Manchester United and the Spain national team. He has been hailed as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

Born in Madrid, De Gea began his career aged 13 with Atlético Madrid and rose through the academy system at the club before making his senior debut in 2009. After being made Atlético’s first-choice goalkeeper, he helped the team win both the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup in 2010. His performances attracted the attention of Manchester United, whom he joined in June 2011 for £17.8 million, a British record for a goalkeeper.

Since joining United, De Gea has made over 200 appearances and won a Premier League title, an FA Cup, a League Cup, three Community Shields and the UEFA Europa League. For three consecutive seasons from 2013–14 to 2015–16, he was elected as United’s Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year, the first player in the award’s history to win on three successive occasions.

David De Gea was the captain for the Spain under-21 national side that won the European Championship in 2011 and 2013, and also competed in the 2012 Olympics. He made his debut for the senior team in 2014 and was selected for that year’s World Cup, and has been tipped by many as the successor to Iker Casillas as Spain’s long-term goalkeeper.

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Ode to David de Gea

Throughout the 2010–11 season, speculation regarding how Manchester United would replace their retiring goalkeeper, Edwin van der Sar, was widespread, and much attention focused on the 20-year-old David de Gea as Manchester United’s key target. United legend, Sir Alex Ferguson, (then United boss), brought  De Gea to Old Trafford.

David de Gea

Following Spain’s victory in the  UEFA Under-21 Championship tournament, (where De Gea was the star stopper) he was spotted in Manchester undergoing a medical with United on 27 June. De Gea reported that United were making him a contract offer, and the transfer was confirmed on 29 June for a British record fee for a goalkeeper of approximately £17.8 million ($20 million).

Growing up, De Gea had admired United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and was often compared to Van der Sar by being dubbed “Van der Gea”. David de Gea replaced United’s then retiring goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar in 2011.

I’ll miss David de Gea . . .

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If Mourinho succeeds in bringing Jan Oblak to Old Trafford, that will be welcome news – as David de Gea sets his sights on Santiago Bernabéu from the Theater of Dreams . . .

Up Man U!


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