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Manchester United in direct talks with Atletico Madrid striker over summer move

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Atletico Madrid had a smooth start to their La Liga campaign on Monday night with a dominant 3-0 win over Getafe. The hero of the night was Alvaro Morata who scored twice after starting as the striker.

The Spaniard is probably Simeone’s first-choice striker for the upcoming season, especially after he delivered in his very first game back. Needless to say, this comes as bad news for Matheus Cunha.

According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United have held direct talks with the Brazilian’s agent in the last few days. No agreement has been reached with Atletico Madrid, but it is said that Los Rojiblancos are demanding €50 million for his signing.

Given the dire situation the Red Devils are in, it would not be surprising if they agree to pay the inflated asking price too. United have lost both their opening Premier League games this season, including a 4-0 hammering to Brentford.

It remains to be seen if Cunha is open to a move to Ten Hag’s side or prefers to stay and fight for a spot under Diego Simeone. However, it would appear that the latter is a better option.

Last season, the 23-year-old made 29 league appearances for Atletico Madrid, scoring six goals and providing four assists in that duration. He was expected to be the starting number nine this season until Morata’s continuity at the club was all but official.

The Brazilian has a contract in Spain until 2026 and is under no pressure to find a new club. Moreover, there uses little doubt that Simeone trusts him and that he will see many minutes this season.

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Atletico Madrid have no intention of selling Manchester United target in January – Romano

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Despite Jan Oblak’s form falling off a cliff last season, he arguably remains one of Atletico Madrid’s most important players.

Especially during a time when Atleti’s typically resilient defence has been faltering, the Slovenian shotstopper’s presence in the side is unquestionably vital.

However, Manchester United are reportedly attempting to prise away the 29-year-old from the Civitas Metropolitano. A new update from an ever-reliable source has revealed whether a move remains a possibility.

As per the latest information provided by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano on The United Stand, Atletico Madrid will do their best to keep Jan Oblak beyond the current season.

There is some uncertainty surrounding the contract situation of the 29-year-old Atletico Madrid. While it is rumoured that he signed a new deal with the club until 2028 in July, an official announcement is yet to be made.

And Romano insists that the deal is not yet signed and contract discussions with the Slovenian are still ongoing. He adds that Los Rojiblancos are ‘super happy’ with their goalkeeper and want to ensure that they keep him at the club.

But if a new deal is yet to be signed, Oblak’s previous contract stands to expire next year. It has given way to rumours of a Manchester United swoop for him as early as January.

Manchester United’s need for a brand-new goalkeeper remains one of the most talked about conversations in European football. Despite David De Gea’s incredible spell at the club, Erik ten Hag is known to want a goalkeeper that is comfortable with the ball at his feet.

With the Spanish international profiling in the mould of an orthodox number one, the Dutchman’s progressive system demands the presence of a modern goalkeeper, above everything else.

Considering de Gea’s inability to morph his game in order to fit the said style of play, and his current contract expiring in 2023, there have been talks of a new goalkeeper coming in, with a January move for Oblak being touted.

From Atletico Madrid’s perspective, though, as iterated earlier, they are happy with the 29-year-old and are working towards extending his contract at the earliest possible, with Romano adding that they will do their best to ensure that he stays put at the club.

After all, the experienced campaigner has been one of the best players in his position, since his arrival back in 2014. With Oblak also being the vice-captain of the club, it is unlikely that they will sanction such a senior player’s sale in 2023

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