Manchester United are reportedly monitoring Athletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak as one of a number of options to replace David De Gea if the Spaniard does not agree a new contract to stay at Old Trafford.
ESPN report that the Reds have offered De Gea new terms to stay at the club – but are not willing to make the 28-year-old the club’s highest paid player.
This seems strange, given De Gea’s services at the club over a number of years. Despite not being completely irreplaceable, it is crucial the Reds do everything they can to keep the Spaniard this summer.
However, the report also states the Reds are considering their options if De Gea chooses not to extend his stay at Old Trafford.
Jan Oblak is one of three names being considered, but it would take the Reds paying the Slovenian’s £107m release clause, as noted by the Sun, to secure his signature.
Oblak is widely considered as one of the best goalkeepers in world football so would certainly be an adequate replacement for De Gea if he was to leave Madrid.
Meanwhile, the Reds are also said to be considering AC Milan youngster Gianluigi Donnarumma and Ajax’s Andre Onana as other alternatives.
Dean Henderson is another option already on the books at Old Trafford who many feel as the potential to be a future United number 1. However, the Englishman will need to prove himself in the Premier League, perhaps back at Sheffield United if he is to have a chance of being first-choice at Old Trafford.