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Newcastle eye move for Jan Oblak

Newcastle could move this summer to sign a new goalkeeper with Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak now on their shopping list.

What’s the news?

With the stopper open to moving to the English top-flight, Newcastle are reportedly the only club interested in the 29-year-old who can afford his €120m (£101m) release clause.

Interestingly, right-back Kieran Trippier has already confirmed he has spoken to the keeper about playing in England.

“I think he’d be unbelievable in the Premier League, but obviously it’s who could he go to? That’s the question,” said the right-back.

Could Jan Oblak be attracted by Newcastle?

Yes, they are a huge club and money talks!

Yes, they are a huge club and money talks!

No, he should be playing Champions League!

No, he should be playing Champions League!

“I’ve had conversations with him before about the Premier League. He’s always asked me questions. Of course, I’d love to see him in the Premier League one day.”

Huge statement from PIF

Newcastle are breezing towards securing their Premier League status for next season under Eddie Howe, after winning six of their last eight league games – and losing just one from their last ten, which came against Chelsea at the weekend.

While 33-year-old Slovakian keeper Martin Dubravka has been particularly solid between the sticks since the start of the year, averaging a rating of 6.94 in the Premier League so far in 2022, Howe will likely still view the defence as a key area that needs strengthening before the next campaign begins.

After signing Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid, the club demonstrated for the first time their ambitions going forward to the rest of Europe after their Saudi takeover, and they will be attempting to go one step further by making a huge statement to sign the England right-back’s former teammate at the Spanish club, Oblak.

He has been in demand for the last several years or so by Europe’s elite, and for whatever the price the Tyneside club may pay for him, they will get in return a world-class talent with plenty of years left at his peak – and they may even be able to negotiate a lower fee given that his contract expires at the end of next season.

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Described by Lionel Messi as “one of the best goalkeepers in the world”, the former Benfica prospect hasn’t had his best season in Spain since arriving back in 2014 for £14.4m, averaging a disappointing 6.58 match rating in the La Liga so far.

However, last season in the Spanish top flight, Oblak ranked in the top 2% for clean sheets per 90 with 0.47, and his penalty percentage was at a ridiculously high 66.7%, the joint-highest in the division.

If he could return to that form while in the North-East, Newcastle would have a top player on their hands to help continue their rebuild.

In other news: Date set: Newcastle poised to receive major injury boost that’ll leave Howe ecstatic

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