Man United: Oblak 'must think' De Gea is leaving says Nicol
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Manchester United are reportedly keen on Jan Oblak as the transfer window creeps closer to opening again. The Atletico Madrid star is one of the best goalkeepers on the planet and, recently, helped his side dethrone Real Madrid as La Liga champions. And a move to Old Trafford apparently appeals to the Slovenia international.
A swap deal involving De Gea is possible this summer.
United signed the Spain international from Atletico Madrid back in 2011 and, in the years since, he’s been a huge club hit.
De Gea helped United win their last Premier League title under Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2013 and, since then, has also helped the Red Devils win the Europa League, Carabao Cup and FA Cup.
But, over the past 18 months, the 30-year-old has regressed.
De Gea isn’t the goalkeeper he used to be and toiled on Wednesday night as the Red Devils lost to Villarreal in the Europa League final.
He failed to save a single penalty in the shootout, letting in 11.
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And De Gea also missed the decisive spot-kick, handing the La Liga minnows the title and sparking wild celebrations from their yellow-clad fans.
Now, a swap deal involving Oblak has been mooted.
The Sun have claimed people within United have been actively calling on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to make the signing, with the Atletico star one of the best on the planet.
The publication says De Gea is open to returning to his old club but it fails to elaborate on what Oblak himself makes of a potential move to Old Trafford.
However, last month, 90min claimed the 28-year-old was eager to move to the club.
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It was said he’d earmarked a move to United as a potential next destination and, what’s more, was ready to actively pursue a move should the situation evolve.
And if United were to move De Gea, they’d likely find Dean Henderson trying to push for the exit door as well.
The England international was furious after being snubbed by Solskjaer for the defeat to Villarreal on Wednesday, believing he’d done enough to earn a starting berth.
And whether United are able to sign Oblak remains to be seen, especially with several other players currently on their radar.
Jadon Sancho tops their transfer wishlist, having seen the Borussia Dortmund star sparkle with 19 goal involvements from 26 Bundesliga matches this term.
A Hollywood return for Cristiano Ronaldo is a genuine possibility, too, with the Juventus star ready to leave Serie A behind for a different challenge elsewhere.
United are keeping tabs on Declan Rice, who helped West Ham qualify for the Europa League with some commanding performances under David Moyes this term.
A centre-back is also in their sights, amid longstanding interest in Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Villarreal’s Pau Torres.
And a right-back would be a bonus signing, with United looking for somebody to ease the burden on Aaron Wan-Bissaka in that area.
Speaking after United’s loss to Villarreal, Solskjaer admitted his side needed strengthening.
“I’ve been delighted with the effort, the desire, the determination of all of the players, I can’t fault them at all,” Solskjaer said.
“We’ve probably done as well as anyone could imagine.
“We are here now, we need to do better, we need to work better, work harder, cleverer.
“But as I said two or three players to strengthen the starting XI and the squad all together is important for us to go even further.
“Because I’m sure our contenders or challengers will also want to improve and we want to improve as much as we can.”
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