This is according to Spanish newspaper AS, who claim United have already contacted the 22-year-old Slovenia international over a potential move to England.
Oblak is not against the idea of moving to Old Trafford to replace De Gea, but told Manchester United: “First there has to be an agreement between the clubs involved”.
Atleti boss Diego Simeone has used Miguel Moyà as his number one goalkeeper for most of the season, following the departure of loanee Thibaut Courtois last summer, but Oblak has made a big impression on the 21 occasions he has played for the 2013-14 La Liga champions this season.
Atletico signed Oblak for just €16 million last summer, from Portuguese outfit Benfica, but a source has told AS that the Spanish club would demand a significantly higher transfer fee from Manchester United.
Oblak a good replacement for De Gea?
The Red Devils are currently negotiating a fee with Real Madrid for De Gea, who now looks certain to join Los Blancos within a matter of weeks, and appear keen to sign another top goalkeeper despite the presence of Victor Valdes at Old Trafford.
Chelsea’s Petr Cech and Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris are reportedly on Louis van Gaal’s radar, but the hugely promising Oblak could become Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper in time for the start of the new season.
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