Man Utd In Pole Position To Sign £85m-Rated La Liga Star
Manchester United remain in pole position to sign Jan Oblak if they need a new goalkeeper this summer despite Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban being upheld
Managers are now pressing ahead with their plans for the summer transfer window so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip from around the globe. Today, Man Utd remain well placed to sign Jan Oblak…
Manchester United remain in pole position to sign Jan Oblak if they need a new goalkeeper this summer despite Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban being upheld, according to a report in the Mirror.
Atletico failed with an appeal to have their FIFA-imposed transfer ban overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport which means they can’t register any new players until January 2018.
This put an end to United’s hopes of signing Antoine Griezmann as the striker all-but ruled out leaving Diego Simeone’s side this summer following the news about their transfer ban.
However, the Mirror claim there has been no such response from Oblak and the goalkeeper is still assessing his options ahead of the summer transfer window amid interest from United.
The newspaper says Oblak’s representatives flew-in to the UK for talks with United officials back in March after Jose Mourinho identified the Slovenian international as a possible replacement for David De Gea.
The Spaniard has once again been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer and while United are quietly confident they’ll be able to keep hold of De Gea, they are still drawing-up contingency plans.
Oblak would be a superb addition as he’s been voted as the best goalkeeper in La Liga for the past two seasons and he’s undoubtedly one of the finest stoppers in Europe right now.
The Mirror claim that United are in pole position to secure his services if De Gea does head back to Spain, however, any deal for the 24-year-old won’t be cheap as Oblak has an £85m release clause written in to his contract.
United are one of the few clubs in world football who could afford such a fee and Atletico are unlikely to be willing to do business for anything less, especially as they are unable to register a replacement.
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However, it remains to be seen whether Mourinho would sanction such a deal considering he has plenty of other areas of his squad needing improved this summer.
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