Manchester United’s interest in Antoine Griezmann has to be one of the worst kept secrets of this football campaign. United have had a strong interest in the French star, and they are reportedly on the verge of signing him for £85 million from Atletico Madrid. Latest rumours, though, hint that Griezmann may not be the only Atletico player to join the Red Devils in the summer.
Aware of the transfer speculation surrounding David de Gea, it is reported (The Daily Star) that United are ready to make a move for Jan Oblak.
Signed as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois in the summer of 2014, Jan Oblak has progressed into one of the best goalkeepers in the Spanish La Liga. United are looking to complete a double deal with Atletico, and it could see Oblak coming to Old Trafford for a fee of £40 million. This would make him the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, as United are not prepared to go through a period of uncertainty with the number one role once again. After the exit of Peter Schmeichel in 1999, United struggled to find a top-class shot-stopper until the arrival of Edwin van Der Sar.
De Gea has been linked with a move to Real Madrid for the last couple of years. However, it is believed that the Spaniard has come to a conclusion that he needs to make the switch to Madrid. He had a minor fallout with manager José Mourinho ahead of the Sunderland game last weekend.
Oblak has only featured in 24 league matches this season. A shoulder injury kept him out of action from December to February. It is no coincidence that since his return to the first-team, results have improved substantially so much so that Atletico have once again become favourites for the third spot ahead of Sevilla.
The Slovenian has a contract with Atletico until the summer of 2021. Since he has an £85 million release clause in his contract, United are likely to negotiate for a fee in the region of £40 million. José Mourinho has had success with Atletico players, and he will be hoping that the run continues with the signings of Griezmann and Oblak.