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Manchester United would prioritise signing Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak should David de Gea not renew his contract, say reports.

De Gea is yet to agree an extension to his contract which expires next year and Diario AS cite a report from The Sun claiming the Slovenian is United’s number one preference to replace him.

In April, Oblak extended his previous deal at Atleti – which was due to run through until June 2021 – by a further two years.

However, earlier this summer the goalkeeper told Ekipa, as cited by Marca: “I renewed here but a new contract does not change anything.”

The goalkeeper’s contract still contains a €120m release clause and United would reportedly sanction a departure for Spain international De Gea to chase his signature.

The Slovenian international has developed into one of the world’s elite goalkeepers in Madrid since his €16m transfer from Benfica in 2014, while Paris Saint-Germain are also in the running.

Oblak has been a regular in Diego Simeone’s starting line-up across the past four seasons and his renewal had long been seen as a priority.

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Atletico Madrid must not focus solely on Cristiano Ronaldo during their Champions League opener against Juventus, says Jose Gimenez.

Cristiano Ronaldo is not the only threat Atletico Madrid will have to contend with against juventus, Jose Gimenez has warned ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League showdown.

Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in the last meeting between the two sides in March, securing a 3-2 aggregate win for Juve in Turin.

While that victory sent Juve into the quarter-finals – where they were beaten by Ajax – their reunion with Atletico comes in the opening fixture of Group D, which also includes Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow.

Former Real Madrid star Ronaldo has a great record against Los Blancos’ rivals and is the record goalscorer in Madrid derbies.

But Gimenez does not believe Atletico will need to draw any extra motivation from Juve’s comeback, and urged them not to focus too much on Ronaldo.

“The motivation comes from us, the past is the past,” Gimenez said ahead of the match at Wanda Metropolitano.

“We want to play with the same desire we have in any game, in any competition.

“He’s a great striker, but Juve is not just Cristiano Ronaldo. We can’t think of the game that way. The important thing is to do a great group job.

“We are always motivated. But we know how important this game is, it is the first of the group. It’s another season, with other players, it’s all different.”Coach Diego Simeone echoed Gimenez’s thoughts, though conceded Atletico may not be able to keep out Ronaldo if he is in the mood once more.

“It is difficult to prepare a game against him,” said Simeone.

“He is a goal animal, he is at a different level and with him in the area he needs attention, he is not easy to control, he has a change of pace and an ability to score that we have suffered as seen.”

Portugal’s next rising star is Joao Felix, who has scored one goal in four LaLiga appearances so far this season for Atletico following his €126million move from Benfica, but Simeone stressed the 19-year-old will need time to adapt to the intensity of the Champions League.

“Champions are talented players who can make you win games against any rival,” he said.

“We are trying to improve, to grow, to adapt to this type of competition, to make young players understand what it is. I think with Joao Felix, it will take time.”

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Former Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran Torres is in talks with MLS club Chicago Fire and Brazilian side Sao Paulo, according to ESPN FC sources.

The Spaniard left Atleti at the end of last season and has received significant interest, although he has yet to make a final decision about his future, according to the sources.

Fire coach Veljko Paunovic, himself a former Atleti player, has personally been in contact with Juanfran about a move to MLS, hoping to sell the Chicago Fire’s project to the player.

The MLS side is offering a two-year contract for a 34-year-old who was part of the team that won La Liga in 2014, the sources said.

But the Fire have competition from Brazilian giant Sao Paulo, who is also offering a two-year deal, and whose coach Rai has also been attempting to persuade Juanfran to move to South America.

Nashville SC and Corinthians had also expressed interest in the former Spain international, whose future is set to be decided in the coming days.