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Sunderland goalkeeper can succeed De Gea says Manchester United legend

20 May 2017

Manchester United's interest in Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak has intensified due to speculation around David De Gea's future, says a report.

The Red Devils are desperate to keep De Gea at the Theatre of Dreams, but know they will have a fight on their hands as long-time admirers Real Madrid, who nearly signed the keeper in 2015, remain heavily interested in the player, who is also said to have a lifelong dream of playing for Los Blancos.

Stoke City shot-stopper Jack Butland is also mooted as a possible option, but Oblak is regarded the No.1 target in their report as the Slovenian global has gone on to establish himself as one of the best in his position in Europe over the last few years. Chelsea are reportedly looking to tie down Courtois to a long term contract and will likely offer him a huge contract in order to fend off interest from Real Madrid.

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The Argentine has filled in well for De Gea in recent games, showing himself to be a very capable backup and contender for first choice if De Gea returns to Spain.

De Gea very almost joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2015, but due to the paperwork not being submitted on time, the move fell through.

Mourinho will enter the transfer market for a big-name stopper if De Gea goes and he believes Romero should remain as a back-up choice.

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The newspaper says that United officials have already sounded out Oblak about a potential switch to Old Trafford and the Slovenian global is keen to join if a deal can be agreed.

If a player like him, who has spemt his entire youth at Atletico, can move to their fiercest rivals, what is to stop Oblak from doing the same?

Should a move materalise, Oblak would not be alone in crossing the Spanish capital this summer; Alaves loanee Hernandez completed a medical ahead of his proposed switch earlier this month.

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Oblak has a £85m buyout clause in his contract.

Sunderland goalkeeper can succeed De Gea says Manchester United legend