Jan Oblak would join Manchester United if he was to leave Atletico Madrid – United would need to ensure David De Gea leaves though!

Manchester United are reportedly on ‘red alert’ after comments made by Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak amid the speculation that David De Gea will be leaving the Old Trafford club. De Gea’s current contract is into its last year after a clause was activated during the past season, meaning the player will be able to leave as a free agent next summer.

Earlier on Monday, it was reported by ESPN that Oblak, 26 was a boyhood United supporter and that he is open to a move to the Theatre of Dreams this summer. It is suggested that he is not happy with life at the Madrid club with Antoine Griezmann handing in a transfer request with the likes of Lucas Hernandez, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis and Juanfran also leaving.

Oblak is linked to Paris Saint-Germain, who are also reported to be interested in signing De Gea. Oblak would prefer United over PSG, according to the report. Oblak has a release clause of £107 million, which would make him the most expensive goalkeeper in the world. However, after Liverpool and Chelsea spent massive amounts on goalkeepers last summer, United will know it won’t be cheap to replace De Gea.

Obviously, De Gea will not be in a rush to leave United, being that he has a year left and would be in a better position as a free agent, which could end up with him earning better money. However, there were reports at the weekend which suggested United could pay De Gea £20 million to leave the club this summer, in order for the club to find stability, and make some money from his departure, which seems very likely.

If the player sees no future at United, then it would be best for him to move on as soon as possible. It could be a massive gamble if he remains at United as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be wanting to get the team ticking again and if De Gea starts the new season in the same form in which he ended it, he could be benched by Sergio Romero, Lee Grant or even Dean Henderson.

Solskjaer might not even have him in his plans for the first team which could see De Gea playing in the U23s or even not playing any football at all, which would be unfair and unfortunate. However, United should not feel obliged to keep him as the first choice goalkeeper, as he clearly does not want to remain at the Old Trafford club. In my opinion, if this is the case, United will need to do all they can to get rid of him this summer.

Obviously, Oblak is not the only goalkeeper the club could move for. Gianluigi Donnarumma may need to be sold by AC Milan this summer and he has already been linked to the Old Trafford club for a fee of £53 million, which for a 20-year-old with his experience, would represent a good transfer fee. Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has also been linked, but he has been linked to the club before with nothing materialising.

Oblak would be an expensive signing but it would represent good value if he was to be one of the finishing pieces of the jigsaw which could see United, dramatically, rise from a poor season and show more fight and determination on the football pitch, especially against the teams who finished above them over the past season. Solskjaer will be wanting to get United kicking on again but does Ed Woodward?

That seems to be the question at the moment. We have all heard Woodward talk about the things that United can do in the transfer market which other clubs could only dream of. However, we have also seen other clubs, the ones that might only dream of such things, do so much better than United in the transfer market, which has been the case for many smaller clubs signing players, developing them just to sell on to bigger clubs.

Woodward must know that this summer is one which he needs to do his job or move over for someone with knowledge, ability, common sense and more importantly, some desire to see the poor standard of football become much better at the club. That is the real reason that Manchester United are a commercial organisation right now. Without the football, the business would be nothing. If I can see it, you can see it, why cannot Woodward and the Glazers see it?

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