Manchester United fans will be concerned that David De Gea is yet to put pen-to-paper on a new contract.
The Spaniard has less than a year remaining on his current contract and has been rumoured to leave the club in the past. Back in 2015, de Gea was moments away from joining Real Madrid, but the move collapsed at the final minute. Since then, the goalkeeper has arguably been their most important player.
Jose Mourinho admitted he was ‘not confident’ over de Gea penning a new long-term contract at the club who have struggled in the Premier League so far. The 27-year-old seemed destined to stay following Madrid’s capture of Thibaut Courtois, and United remain the option to extend his deal by a further year. If he does decide to leave, United must make a move for Atletico Madrid stopper – Jan Oblak.
Valued at £63m by Transfermarkt, the Slovenia international is widely regarded as one of the best shot-stoppers in the world. The 25-year-old has been a crucial player for Diego Simeone since joining from Benfica back in 2014. A player of Oblak’s calibre is the only way that United could fill the void left by de Gea.
With excellent reflexes and shot stopping skills, Oblak would be a huge hit at Old Trafford. In recent seasons, the goalkeeper has amassed a fantastic record, keeping more clean sheets than goals conceded. Oblak has a massive release clause in his contract at the club, however, United are one of the few sides in the world that could afford such a fee.
Losing de Gea would be a massive blow, but no-one is irreplaceable. Landing Oblak would certainly put smiles back on faces at Old Trafford.
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