Manchester United to land Oblak if De Gea leaves for Real Madrid

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Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak is the goalkeeper Manchester United want to replace David de Gea should the Spaniard depart for Real Madrid, according to a report.

That's because the Daily Star state that Mourinho has made Jan Oblak his number one target if De Gea does leave and is lining-up a £40m swoop for the Atletico Madrid goalkeeper.

The Slovenian shot-stopper is highly coveted in the Premier League, with Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United all linked with bids as they prepare for potential goalkeeping departures.

The 24-year-old has a €100 million release clause in his contract with Atleti, making him the most expensive goalkeeper in the world, though his cost would largely be offset by the transfer fee received for De Gea as United will demand a significant sum for him.

The Spanish keeper, who is rumoured to be set for a move to Real Madrid this summer, bought some bread the night after the club's annual awards bash at Old Trafford.

United paid £18.3m to sign De Gea from Atletico as Edwin van der Sar's replacement in the summer of 2011, but with the 26-year-old's long-time girlfriend, the Spanish singer Edurne Garcia Almagro, continuing to live in Madrid, there is an acceptance within the Old Trafford hierarchy that the player will seek to return to the Spanish capital at some point in the near future.

"I still think he's the best in the Premier League".

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