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United ‘in pole position’ to sign Oblak despite transfer ban imposed on Atletico

Date Posted,June 7, 2017

Manchester United remain in pole position to clinch a deal to sign Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak despite a transfer ban imposed on the Spanish club, according to a source close to the player.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld FIFA’s transfer ban which stops the La Liga outfit from registering new players until January.

The only consolation for Atletico Madrid was that star forward Antoine Griezmann committed his future to the club as he said it would have been ‘a really harsh blow’ to leave Diego Simeone’s side following the court decision.

But according to the Manchester Evening News , the club’s transfer ban has not provoked a similar response from Oblak.

Antoine Griezmann wants to stay at Atletico Madrid (Photo: REUTERS)

The Slovenian’s representatives jetted into the UK for talks with United in March as Jose Mourinho prepared a contingency plan in case David de Gea left the club.

It is understood that United, Chelsea and Real Madrid have all made contact – and PSG are ‘pushing a lot’ for Oblak.

The 24-year-old, who won La Liga’s best goalkeeper award for the second consecutive season, has an £85m minimum release clause.

Jose Mourinho is determined to strengthen his squad during the summer (Photo: Getty)

But any move hinges on whether De Gea is still at Old Trafford come the end of the summer.

The Reds are increasingly confident of keeping the Spaniard away from the clutches of Real Madrid after qualifying for the Champions League.

But that stance is unlikely to put Los Blancos off as they look to land the transfer target that eluded them on deadline day in 2015.

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