The report claims United are ready to offer David de Gea in exchange for the star valued at £ 70million. Still, there are many reasons why this is highly unlikely.
First of all, United already have a new number one in the form of Dean Henderson. The 24-year-old has been brilliant for much of the campaign.
The 4-2 loss to Liverpool came at the worst possible time for Henderson. He now faces a summer of unfounded headlines as he was overlooked for the Europa League final.
Still, De Gea was already the United Cup keeper, and the Spaniard’s experience has been highlighted in Harry Maguire’s absence.
Yes, Henderson should have started the game. But the fact that he didn’t is not a reason to suggest an exit – or a new goalkeeper – is imminent.
Henderson has shown he can be United’s first choice for the next decade. He looked fragile in one game – but United’s entire backline was too – and he’s come back from bigger mistakes before.
During his loan, he offered the simplest of goals to come back in style.
De Gea’s salary will also make it difficult to return to his native country. Even if they take less money, why would Atletico trade one of Europe’s best goalkeepers for a player whose swings show no sign of ending?
Then there is Oblak himself.
He’s been linked with United more than most. Year after year, the 28-year-old is expected to move to Old Trafford. But he has just won La Liga, is preparing for another Champions League campaign and has a contract until 2023.
Why would he just leave to fight for a starting spot alongside an ever-improving Henderson?
The Heaton factor
United have reportedly made a deal to sign Tom Heaton this summer (Sky Sports). The 35-year-old is said to have entered into a two-year contract with the option of a third.
Heaton is a quality stopper in its own right and a great backup option for Henderson.
He’s also exactly the kind of signing United would make if they intended to trust Henderson.
Would Oblak really arrive on the heels of Heaton and given the emergence of Henderson?
The simple answer is no.
United must focus elsewhere this summer. This means a new right winger, a center-back and a starting midfielder.
Oblak becomes as synonymous with United during the transfer windows as Nico Gaitan and Ezequiel Garay before him. And we all know what happened there.
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