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Sunderland goalkeeper can succeed De Gea says Manchester United legend

20 May, 2017, 08:46 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
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Real Madrid are pondering over a summer move for Atletico Madrid's goalkeeper Jan Oblak, if moves for Chelsea's Courtois and Manchester United's David De Gea fail.

Louis van Gaal initially signed the experienced shot-stopper as De Gea looked close to moving to Madrid in 2015 before the deal fell through late on, but now he may finally be ready to step in as the Spanish giants come back in for their long-term target.

He has played second fiddle to De Gea in the Premier League, starting just two top-flight games. It is believed that Real Madrid have angered their cross city rivals Atletico by also weighing up the signing of their keeper, Oblak.

United would demand a world-record fee for a goalkeeper of £60million, if they decide to sell the 26-year-old. With De Gea seemingly set to move to Real Madrid, Mourinho has apparently decided that Romero can fill the void left by the former Atletico Madrid man.

United signed him fro Atletico Madrid in 2011, and he almost moved to their bitter rivals Real in 2015 before botched paperwork scuppered the deal.

The Argentine worldwide has impressed manager Jose Mourinho this season as a more than able deputy to De Gea - so much so that he is set to earn a new contract in the coming weeks.

He would be in line to replace De Gea if the Spaniard's move to Real, which has been mooted for several years, was to be completed this summer.

Mourinho is already making sure he has a few options on the table should he lose his No. 1, and Oblak is said to be his first choice right now.

Reports claim Oblak has a huge release clause of around £80m - a price United are unlikely to want to pay - but they hope a deal for less than that could be worked out with the La Liga side.

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