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Manchester United Lining Up A Move For This £87m Keeper: The Right Choice For The Red Devils?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by iNews, Manchester United are plotting a move for Atletico Madrid goalie Jan Oblak as a replacement for David De Gea. It is believed that the Red Devils are bracing themselves for De Gea’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain and have identified the La Liga superstar as a serious target.

Oblak, who has a £87m buyout clause inserted in his current contract, can be considered as one of the best goalkeepers in world football, so it is no wonder that United are interested in landing him to replace their Spanish keeper in goal at Old Trafford. 

Oblak’s Incredible La Liga Career

The 22-year-old arrived at the Spanish capital from Benfica in the summer of 2014, and since then, he has been a real revelation in the La Liga as he put in some glorious displays at the back to help his team become one of the top contenders in Spain over the past few years.

Oblak has featured in 18 matches for Atletico Madrid this season, conceding just 17 goals while keeping seven clean sheets across multiple competitions. The Skofja Loka born prospect has also earned 18 international caps for the Slovenian national team during his career so far.

What Will The Slovenian Keeper Bring To Old Trafford?

Oblak boasts razor-sharp reflexes while his ball-handling talents are second to none in world football. He also has an outstanding sense of knowing where to position himself when his defenders are under adversity by the opposition attackers. His excellent distribution will also be a big asset for Jose Mourinho’s side if they manage to lure him to Old Trafford in the near future.

Will He Be The Correct Choice For United?

The potential acquisition of Oblak will be a major coup for the Reds of Manchester if they can pull off such a deal next summer. One might even argue that he could be an upgrade over De Gea in between the sticks for United.

There is no doubt that Oblak will be an ideal fit for any team in European football as his goalkeeping talents are world-class. So the Mancunian giants should not waste any time in bringing him in if De Gea ends up leaving Old Trafford in search of a fresh challenge somewhere else.

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