NEWS
Monday September 2 2019
Manchester United look to Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak

Manchester United would prioritise signing Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak should David de Gea not renew his contract, say reports.

De Gea is yet to agree an extension to his contract which expires next year and Diario AS cite a report from The Sun claiming the Slovenian is United’s number one preference to replace him.

In April, Oblak extended his previous deal at Atleti – which was due to run through until June 2021 – by a further two years.

However, earlier this summer the goalkeeper told Ekipa, as cited by Marca: “I renewed here but a new contract does not change anything.”

The goalkeeper’s contract still contains a €120m release clause and United would reportedly sanction a departure for Spain international De Gea to chase his signature.

The Slovenian international has developed into one of the world’s elite goalkeepers in Madrid since his €16m transfer from Benfica in 2014, while Paris Saint-Germain are also in the running.

Oblak has been a regular in Diego Simeone's starting line-up across the past four seasons and his renewal had long been seen as a priority.

Football Italia website