Manchester United reportedly remain in pole position to land Atletico Madrid goalkeeper despite the transfer ban imposed on the Spanish giants. Atletico Madrid will not be able to sign new players this summer as their transfer ban has been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The Spanish side were banned in July 2016 from registering players for two transfer windows for breaching Fifa rules over the signing of minors.
While United’s long-term target Antoine Griezmann committed his future to Atletico, it doesn’t look like his teammate Jan Oblak will do the same and so Man Utd remain confident in landing the shot-stopper from Atletico. This is according to Manchester Evening News, who claim that the club’s transfer ban has not provoked a similar response from Oblak.
In an interview with TeleFoot (h/t Independent), the 26-year-old confirmed: “The questions about my future were pretty boring. The sanction of the CAS has fallen. Atletico cannot recruit. With my sports advisor, Eric Olhats, we decided to stay. It’s a hard time for the club. It would be a blow to go now.”
The report from Manchester Evening News also claims that the 24-year old goalkeeper has a release clause of £85m, and any move for Oblak would hinge on whether De Gea is still at Old Trafford come the end of the summer.
However, it looks likely that David de Gea will stay at Old Trafford after reports emerged claiming that Real Madrid have dropped their interest in the world-class Spaniard with a view of sticking with their current goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
So it is little difficult to understand as to why United would prepare a move for Oblak as it is completely out of context. David de Gea is the best goalkeeper in the world and Jose Mourinho wouldn’t let the United board sanction a sale for the Spaniard. He is a player who is in line to take over as Manchester United captain and seems focused on the task in hand, which is to represent Manchester United.
There’s absolutely no reason as to why De Gea would want to move away from Old Trafford. Unless he gets homesick, there is no reason why David would choose to leave our club.
It would be safe to rule out a move from Manchester United for Jan Oblak. Case closed!