Man Utd target Jan Oblak 'knows' that David De Gea is ‘leaving’ Old Trafford

Man Utd target Jan Oblak 'knows' that David De Gea is ‘leaving’ Old Trafford

That is according to Liverpool legend Steve Nicol, who believes the Red Devils would benefit from having the Atletico Madrid goalkeeper between the sticks.

It was reported earlier this week by ESPN that Oblak has told Wanda Metropolitano chiefs that he wants to move to .

A new goalkeeper is likely to be on the agenda for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer amid De Gea’s refusal to extend his contract.

The Spaniard’s current deal expires at the end of next season and club bosses are reluctant to meet his financial demands.

But Nicol is baffled by that because he believes United would have to spend more signing a top-class replacement than bowing to De Gea’s request.

“Why are you going out and spending €120m to buy this guy out?” he said on ESPN FC.

“Why are you going and spending €120m on bringing somebody in to a different country, to a new team, a team that is going to be demolished pretty much and is going to have to add a lot of pieces?

“Why are you getting rid of one of the most important pieces in De Gea?

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“So this is not about how good for me Oblak is.

“And I’m kind of surprised that Oblak turns round and says ‘I want to go to Manchester United’.

“Now, the only reason he’s saying that he’s he must know something, he must think and know that De Gea’s leaving.

“Otherwise he’s not coming out and saying that.

“Any team in the world would benefit from having Oblak.

“Instead of going out and spending another €120m on a goalkeeper, why don’t you make the guy you’ve got right now happy?

“A guy who questionably over the last six or seven years has been the best goalkeeper in the Premier League.

“Why do you want to make a change? I don’t understand that.”

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