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Manchester United: Jan Oblak swoop in doubt

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Manchester United target Jan Oblak may not be planning to move to the Premier League ‘just yet’, according to transfer insider Dean Jones for GiveMeSport.

The lowdown

Evening Standard journalist Nizaar Kinsella reported that Erik ten Hag’s side hold an ‘interest’ in the Atletico Madrid goalkeeper ahead of next summer’s transfer window.

United’s current first-choice stopper David de Gea is out of contract at the end of the season, so the Red Devils must either try to agree an extension for him or find a replacement.

The latest

Speaking to GiveMeSport, Jones said that sources in Spain had expressed scepticism over the prospect of Oblak joining United in the near future. He points out that the Slovenian is under contract at the Wanda Metropolitano for another six years, having only signed an extension in July.

Jones stated: “In England, it keeps being reported that clubs are interested in Oblak, but when you speak to people in Spain, they don’t quite see it that way.

“He’s got a long time left on his contract, and people keep talking about the fact he’d love to test himself in the Premier League. As I say, people in Spain feel like this might be a bit premature, and he might not come just yet.”

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The verdict

United should think twice about moving for Oblak in any case.

Over the past year, he has actually underperformed from a shot-stopping point view, ranking in just the 36th percentile among goalkeepers in Europe’s big five leagues for this metric.

De Gea’s distribution has been derided as ‘poor‘ by The Athletic’s Maram AlBaharna, but Oblak may not solve that problem.

He isn’t a goalkeeper who plays a lot of short passes, ranking in the 89th percentile for passes which travel 40 yards-plus.

While he is a more proactive sweeper than De Gea, he’s still below average in this department, so United perhaps ought to be looking elsewhere for the Spaniard’s long-term successor at Old Trafford.

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