Manchester United claimed to be eyeing Jan Oblak for 2023
Manchester United could make a big change at goalkeeper in the 2023 summer transfer window.
David de Gea’s contract is set to expire, and while United could extend his deal by an extra year, this option has not yet been taken up.
Dean Henderson will return from loan, while Martin Dubravka is also hoping to persuade United to sign him on a permanent deal.
It’s just as likely that United head to the transfer market to try and find a long-term successor for De Gea, or a high profile upgrade. One name has already been put forward.
United claimed to be eyeing Jan Oblak
Manchester United are said to be eyeing a free agent swoop for Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
The claim comes from French outlet Jeunes Footeux, which writes: “The Red Devils want to secure the services of Jan Oblak.
“To achieve his ends, Man United would be willing to offer him a salary of 18 million euros per season, almost double his current salary.”
The report claims Paris Saint-Germain are also monitoring Oblak, as they are not convinced by Gianluigi Donnarumma.
The strength of the source is not the strongest, so consider this, but what transfer rumours really are ‘nailed on’ in the September ahead of the subsequent summer?
Jan Oblak’s contract situation
Slovenian international Jan Oblak has been with Atletico Madrid since joining from Benfica in 2014.
His contract at Atletico is set to expire in June 2023. Marca reported in July that he had agreed a contract extension until 2028 with the club, but there has been no official announcement and his situation remains as it was.
There’s a strong chance he does extend, and the United links are simply part of the equation which leads to this. We have seen this play out several times before.
Oblak, 29, is regarded as one of the world’s best goalkeepers even though his form took a step backwards last season, he might benefit from a new challenge.
He has often been linked with a move to United for a substantial fee, while The Mirror claimed earlier this year that Jorge Mendes held tentative discussions between the clubs over a potential swap deal with David de Gea.
At this early stage United would just be listening to potential proposals and exploring how certain situations stand, ahead of next summer. If Oblak is still available and has not signed a new contract by January, then this could be a move which starts to gather pace.