Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak could be tempted by an offer from Manchester United – if David De Gea joins Real Madrid in the summer.
The Reds stopper has been heavily linked with a move to Los Blancos after previously coming close to swapping Old Trafford for the Santiago Bernabeu in 2015.
One alternative Jose Mourinho may look at is Oblak, who was named La Liga’s best goalkeeper last season after conceding just 18 goals, but he could face stiff competition.
MEN Sport understands that United would have to pay considerably more than the current world transfer record for a goalkeeper, £33m, which has been held by Gianluigi Buffon since 2001.
Oblak, who joined Atletico from Benfica for just £12.6m in 2014, has a €100m (£85m) release clause in his contract but it is understood that a suitor’s project is just as important as the wages on offer.
That is why the 24-year-old would not be against the idea of ‘taking’ a new club into the Champions League rather than immediately playing in it.
“I think for every player it is an honour to come to the UK and play for clubs like this one,” a source close to the player told MEN Sport.
“A lot of top clubs from Europe wants the best goalkeeper in the world. In the UK, there are three of them who show an interest regarding Jan Oblak.
“If De Gea goes back to Spain, everything is possible.”
Oblak, who speaks fluent English, is understood to be ‘very close’ to team-mates Antoine Griezmann and Jose Gimenez, who have both been linked with summer moves to Old Trafford.
The Slovenian has kept 15 clean sheets in 27 games in all competitions for Atleti this season and made a scarcely believable triple save against Bayer Leverkusen last month.
In terms of other potential alternatives, if De Gea left, MEN Sport understands that neither AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma nor Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno have yet been approached.