Real Madrid join race for Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Oblak

Lynette Rowe
May 20, 2017

Jose Mourinho claims this season has been his toughest yet after addressing Man United's fixture pile-up and injuries.

Manchester United look set to lose top keeper David de Gea to Real Madrid this summer but Old Trafford legend Alex Stepney believes there is an obvious English replacement.

United will demand £60m for De Gea and manager Jose Mourinho has identified Oblak as a potential replacement for the Spain global.

But despite Mourinho's public assertion that De Gea will remain at Old Trafford, concern over the Spaniard's intentions have now prompted United to intensify their monitoring of Oblak, with the club increasing their scouting trips to the Vicente Calderon to watch the 24-year-old.

Manchester United have reportedly sounded out a move for Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak as they fear David de Gea will quit for Real Madrid.

Oblak has a £85m buyout clause in his contract.

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United signed him fro Atletico Madrid in 2011, and he almost moved to their bitter rivals Real in 2015 before botched paperwork scuppered the deal.

However, according to the Sun, back-up goalie Sergio Romero could be in line to become the club's first-choice if De Gea is sold.

It's suggested that the 23-year-old is a prime candidate along with Oblak to fill De Gea's shoes once he leaves, although the Red Devils could face competition from Manchester City for his signature this summer.

The report mentions that while United have also watched AC Milan's teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, his lack of Champions League experience has given Oblak the edge.

Mark Ogden is a senior football writer for ESPN FC.

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