Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak is reportedly looking for options in the Premier League.
Oblak’s agent, Miha Mlakar has revealed that two clubs are particularly interested in the player. Speaking to Goal, he stated: “His future? It’s too soon [to discuss] because there are still league games to play, but it’s true that, like I’ve always said, there’s a lot of interest in the best goalkeeper in the world.
“Above all, there are two clubs that are really interested in Oblak for next season. One is certainly from the United Kingdom. Italy? Please, is this a serious question? In Italy, only Juventus are at the top level and they have Buffon, who’s now in the Champions League final.”
The indication clearly points towards Manchester United, who might be looking at other options, considering the impending move to Real Madrid. But, for United to bring the player to Old Trafford would cost them serious moolah, as Oblak’s release clause is set at £84.8million.
The 24-year-old has already gained a reputation of being amongst the finest goalkeepers in Europe. After being chosen as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois, who left Atletico to return to Chelsea in 2014, the player has only improved every season.
After joining Benfica at the age of 17, Oblak was sent out on loan for all the four seasons he was with the club, playing for 4 different clubs, before arriving at the Spanish capital in 2014 for €16million. He has since kept 66 clean sheets in the 111 games he has played for the La Liga side.
Oblak has also been the first choice goalkeeper for his national side Slovenia, after the extremely talented Handanovic announced his retirement at the end of 2015.
With a dearth of quality goalkeepers, the player is also on the scanner of several other Premier League clubs, including Manchester City, whose fans have been terribly disappointed with Claudio Bravo’s performances.
Written by Srivats Venkateswaran