David de Gea Real Madrid transfer could see Sergio Romero step up

David de Gea Real Madrid transfer could see Sergio Romero step up

Manchester United have become increasingly resigned to losing David De Gea, who has been continually linked with a move to Real Madrid.

According to The Mirror, Atletico stopper Oblak is the figure United want and they are confident a deal can be struck, with the Slovenia worldwide keen on making the switch.

United have two games left to play this season, the Premier League finale against Crystal Palace on Sunday before the Europa League final on Wednesday, and Mourinho has confirmed that De Gea will not be starting either fixture.

Oblak has a €100 million escape clause in his Atletico contract - a figure that would make him the world's most expensive goalkeeper should he leave the Champions League semifinalists.

De Gea has always been linked with a move to Real Madrid, but speculation has ramped up in recent weeks to suggest that this time round it could genuinely happen.

Starsport understand United are ready to spend £40m on Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak.

But despite having potentially played his last game for United, Mourinho has declared he wants to keep De Gea at the club beyond this summer.

The Red Devils are desperate to keep De Gea at the Theatre of Dreams, but know they will have a fight on their hands as long-time admirers Real Madrid, who nearly signed the keeper in 2015, remain heavily interested in the player, who is also said to have a lifelong dream of playing for Los Blancos.

Mourinho will enter the transfer market for a big-name stopper if De Gea goes and he believes Romero should remain as a back-up choice.

AC Milan's teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is also on United's list but Oblak, who is 24, is viewed as a better option due to his greater experience.

Mark Ogden is a senior football writer for ESPN FC.

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