Most Manchester United fans resigned themselves to losing David de Gea last summer when he was on the verge of signing for Real Madrid. It didn't happen in the end, but many may be feeling its a case of deja vu as those links have flared up again.
Only this time it appears as though manager Jose Mourinho has given up the ghost as reports earlier this week claimed that he is ready to allow the 26-year-old to return to the Spanish capital providing he maintains his focus to help the Red Devils to a strong end to the campaign.
With the top four still in sight and a Europa League semi-final to contend with, Mourinho is still hopeful of being able to guide the club back to the Champions League for next season.
However, with a possible return to the Champions League on the horizon, losing a player of de Gea's calibre will be a huge blow, and before Jose can sanction a sale he needs to make sure he has a capable replacement lined up.
In recent weeks both Inter’s Samir Handanovic and Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma have been touted, though it has since emerged that Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak is his prime target.
The Slovenian has been quietly making a name for himself as one of Europe's top goalkeepers, and the 24-year-old has shown that he is able to handle life at the very top of the game.
Oblak currently has a €100million release clause installed in his contract, and reports that his agent has been in Manchester have been widely circulated.
Having already replaced Thibaut Courtois at Atletico, Mouirnho believes he can replace de Gea at United because he has one quality that is valued above all others.
For most of United's transfers this summer, Mourinho is keen to bring in more players who he feels are 'warriors', according to a report in the Independent.
The Portuguese tactician is worried about United's soft underbelly and has targeted players like Atletico's Antoine Griezmann and Jose Gimenez as well as Burnley's Michael Keane in order to give them a stronger spine.
United are ready to offload Wayne Rooney and Matteo Darmian, who have struggled for form this term, while they are also prepared to listen to offers for fringe players like Ashley Young and Phil Jones.
Whatever happens, though, it is sure to be a busy summer at Old Trafford.
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