Oblak, who has a release clause of €100m, has developed into one of the most respected goalkeepers in Europe, having replaced Thibaut Courtois at Atletico in 2014.
The interest looks set to perpetuate what could be a summer of tough negotiation between United and the Spanish club, given the additional interest in Antoine Griezmann and Jose Gimenez.
“In addition to CHD and stroke, heart failure is one of the major cardiovascular diseases in Europe and globally but the role of high salt intake in its development is unknown.” The study followed 4,630 women and men aged 25 to 64 in Finland over 12 years.
Samples of their urine were tested to gauge their salt intake.
“High salt intake markedly increases the risk of heart failure,” he said.
“This salt-related increase in heart failure risk was independent of blood pressure.
The NHS, for example, recommends no more than 6g a day, slightly above the WHO limit.
Eating a diet high in salt significantly increases the risk of heart failure, scientists have warned after a major 12-year study.
Speaking ahead of a presentation to the European Society of Cardiology in Barcelona, Professor Pekka Jousilahti of Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare, put it simply: “The heart does not like salt.” According to the World Health Organisation, an estimated 2.5 million deaths a year could be prevented if people reduced their consumption of salt to its recommended level of 5g.
But the NHS site also warns pasta sauces, crisps, ready-made sandwiches, sausages and ketchup can have large amounts.
Even dissolvable vitamin supplements and painkillers can contain up to a gram of salt in each tablet.