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Manchester United Hoping To Use De Gea To Land This La Liga Keeper: Dream Option For Ole?

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In a recent report, The Sun has mentioned that Manchester United are hoping to use David de Gea to land Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak this summer. It is understood that the Red Devils are planning to use de Gea as a makeweight to seal a move for the Slovenian goalie in this off-season (via The Sun).

Oblak’s Impressive Campaign In Spanish Football

Oblak has enjoyed another sensational campaign with Diego Simeone’s side as he has produced a run of solid displays in goal for them over the past ten months. The 28-year-old has made 46 appearances for the Madrid giants this term, conceding 36 goals and securing 20 clean sheets in multiple competitions. His excellent contributions in between the sticks have helped Atletico win the league title on the final day of this campaign.

The Slovenian sensation has done well to average 0.5 clearances and 6.3 long balls per game in La Liga which explains why he has only completed 58.9% of his attempted passes in league football this season (stats via whoscored).

Oblak has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in European football, so Man United will do well to arrange a blockbuster move to lure him to the Theatre of Dreams during the summer transfer window.

Manchester United hoping to use De Gea to land Oblak who is seen in the picture
May 22, 2021, VALLADOLID, VALLADOLID, SPAIN: Jan Oblak of Atletico de Madrid in action during La Liga football match between Real Valladolid and Atletico de Madrid at Jose Zorrilla stadium on May 21, 2021 in Valladolid, Spain. VALLADOLID SPAIN – ZUMAa181 20210522_zaa_a181_095 Copyright: xIrinaxR.xHipolitox

Will Oblak Be A Dream Option For The Red Devils?

Oblak possesses excellent reflexes that allow him to make some crucial saves at the back. He can position himself well inside his penalty area and can come out of lines to make a clearance when the opposition are looking to threaten on the counter.

The 36-time Slovenia international is a brilliant handler of the ball and can command his six-yard box with authority and conviction. However, he needs to work on improving his passing accuracy if he wants to be a success story at a club like Man United where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prefers his team to play out from the back.

Therefore, it makes sense for the Red Devils to use David de Gea as a makeweight to possibly arrange a move to land Oblak this summer. He will undeniably be a dream option for Solskjaer and could serve as a massive upgrade over the underperforming Spaniard in the summer.

At 28, Oblak still has plenty of years left in him and could help Man United end their long wait for the Premier League title in the coming seasons. Plus, he would also ease the pressure off the shoulders of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof as he is one of the best in the game in terms of organizing his defence in crucial moments of the game.

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