Manchester United reinforced their defense last summer and opted to hand a new contract to goalie De Gea last year.
The Red Devils’ back-line have largely improved but their Spanish stopper has remained inconsistent since the 2018 World Cup. Recently, his two blunders got the team out of the FA Cup and reports suggest that United are looking to replace him.
Transfer: Man Utd in advanced talks, willing to pay £80million to secure signing – Report
According to The Mail, Manchester United are preparing to rival Chelsea to hire the services of Atletico Madrid goal keeper Jan Oblak. He is linked with a move away from the Rojiblancos, who will only allow their star to leave if his mammoth release clause of £109million is met.
The renowned British source have mentioned that the Old Trafford outfit have been after the Slovenian for some time and are now prepared to revive their interest to finally sign him due to De Gea’s poor form.
The Spanish international earns around £360,000-a-week (The Mail) with Manchester United. On the other hand, the former Benfica man, who has been consistently brilliant under Diego Simeone, only earns around £175,000-a-week (Sport).
Oblak kept the highest number of clean sheets in the past four La Liga seasons and won the best Goal Keeper award as well. This time around, Courtois got one more clean sheet than him. In 191 Spanish league appearances so far, he has only conceded 105 goals.
In the Champions League contest against Liverpool, the 28-capped international was in world class form and it will be fair to say that without Oblak, the Merseysiders would have knocked Atletico out of the tournament.
The 27-year-old has what it takes to replace De Gea at Old Trafford but Solskjaer really does not need to spend £109million for a new GK when he has already got a talented shot stopper in the form of Dean Henderson, who has been brilliant on loan for Sheffield United this term.
Ole should give Henderson the chance in the first team that he so richly deserves. He has been miles better than De Gea in much a weaker side.
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