Sunday 23 July 2017

Manchester United 'in talks' to sign a replacement for David de Gea - reports

David de Gea could be on his out of Old Trafford
David de Gea could be on his out of Old Trafford
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United are reported to be in talks to sign Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak, as speculation mounts over the future of David de Gea.

United’s first choice keeper has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer, two years after a proposed move to the Spanish capital famously collapsed on transfer deadline day when the two clubs failed to get the necessary paperwork through on time to register the transfer.

Now reports in Spain and England are suggesting Real Madrid have returned with a fresh offer for De Gea, with the growing suspicion that a deal for the Spanish keeper to move back to his homeland may already be done.

De Gea cannot have been amused by comments from his manager Jose Mourinho that he is ‘sleeping’ towards the end of the season, with the keeper named in the PFA Team of the Year once again last Sunday seemingly coming to the end of his six-year stay in Manchester.

The imminent departure of De Gea would explain why the Manchester Evening News are among those reporting that representatives of Oblak have arrived in Manchester to discuss a possible move to United.

A deal to sign the Slovenian keeper may cost as much as United will receive from the sale of De Gea, amid suggestions that the 24-year-old stopper has a massive £85m release clause in his Atletico Madrid contract.

While it seems unlikely United would pay that kind of lavish sum to sign Oblak, it appears that Mourinho is considering his options as he prepares for life after De Gea.

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