Manchester United have earmarked their perfect replacement for David de Gea, while Inter Milan are ready to make a move for a key Tottenham star, according to Thursday’s papers.
UNITED TURN TO ATLETICO STAR TO REPLACE DE GEA
Manchester United have reportedly earmarked Jan Oblak as their dream David de Gea replacement, should the Spain stopper move on.
De Gea is facing an uncertain future at Old Trafford, with the Red Devils yet to agree a new contract for the 28-year-old.
The former Atletico Madrid star’s current deal expires in 2020 and the club, despite their best efforts, are yet to tie him down to a new one.
As a result, PSG, Real Madrid and Juventus are all said to De Gea’s potential availability, as reported in the Daily Express.
Real landed Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea last summer but could still invest in a new No 1, given the Belgium star’s struggles at the Bernabeu.
Juventus and PSG, meanwhile, are also on the lookout for long-term replacements for Wojciech Szczesny and Gianluigi Buffon respectively.
And ESPN claims that insiders close to the player feel that United ‘do not have the capacity’ to get a contract for the player done.
As a result, it is said that United have turned to Oblak as their dream De Gea replacement.
The Slovenia star has been outstanding at Atletico Madrid and is viewed as one of the best goalkeepers in world football.
And even if, as expected, he pens a new contract with the Spanish giants – United remain confident that they could convince Atletico to part company with the 26-year-old.
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Liverpool’s Rafael Camacho, 18, has rejected a fresh five-year contract (The Sun)
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Ilkay Gundogan has claimed Manchester City still suffer from stage fright in the Champions League and cannot be classed as a “big team” until they address that failing (Daily Telegraph)
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Newcastle have approached Nuremburg over the transfer of German midfielder Patrick Erras (Newcastle Chronicle)
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