The entire world of football is aware of Real Madrid’s persistent pursuit of David De Gea, and according to several Spanish news outlets, Zinedine Zidane is set to go all out to secure the services of the 26-year-old this summer.
But as per the latest developments in this transfer saga, United boss Jose Mourinho has already conducted crunch talks with the Spaniard regarding his future at Old Trafford, and has found out that De Gea has no intention to push for a move to the Spanish capital, as he would be perfectly happy to stay as well as depart.
The Red Devils will, therefore, be selling the Spanish international only if Real Madrid make a world transfer record-breaking offer for a goalkeeper to secure De Gea’s services.
And if this transfer does end up happening come summer, Mourinho will then try to replace his man between the sticks by luring Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak to the Premier League.
United have already been linked with the likes of Keylor Navas, Joe Hart, Samir Handanovic, Gianluigi Donnarumma, and Kasper Schmeichel, to name a few, but the Portuguese tactician has identified Oblak as the best possible candidate for the goalkeeping role at the Theatre of Dreams.
However, with the Reds also in pursuit of Los Rojiblancos’ star man Antoine Griezmann, and with the Frenchman’s fellow club teammates Yannick Carrasco and Jose Gimenez also linked with United, it is highly unlikely that Atletico Madrid will entertain Mourinho’s interest in so many of their important players.
Oblak, 24, has established himself as one of the best shot-stoppers in the world since replacing Thibaut Courtois at the Vicente Calderon, and would be worthy of playing for any of the European top guns.
But with the Slovenian boasting a release clause worth €100m in his contract, it remains to be seen if any club, including the financially powerful Manchester United, can lure him away from the La Liga outfit.
Written by Kunal Kambli