According to reports in the Evening Standard, Arsenal are lining up a summer move for Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak, who reportedly has a release clause of €100m (£87.2m) and has admitted in an interview with Slovenian media outlet Ekipa 24 that he is unsure whether he still be with the La Liga giants next season.
Well, the Evening Standard says that the Gunners are targeting Oblak – and Roma stopper Alisson – as they look to find Petr Cech’s long-term replacement as well preparing for David Ospina’s expected departure this summer.
The Evening Standard says that any deal to bring the Slovenia international to the Emirates Stadium would depend on them qualifying for the Champions League, with their only realistic chance of being if they win the Europa League this season – they will face CSKA Moscow at the quarter-final stage.
Even if the undecided Oblak is allowed to leave Atletico, he would likely have plenty of offers and the report lists Liverpool, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain as the clubs that could be keen on the 25-year-old.
Speaking to Ekipa 24, the goalkeeper said: “It’s tough to discuss the future.
“It’s not easy to talk about what’s going to happen tomorrow never mind what will happen next season, but I am calm and the situation depends on Atletico – nobody knows the future.”
He has been brilliant, once again.
The 25-year-old has made 36 appearances in all competitions for Diego Simeone’s men this term, conceding just 18 goals and keeping 22 clean sheets.
That form is no surprise given his overall record since he signed for Atletico – he has kept 86 shut-outs in 149 outings in total, letting in 90 goals.
He would be a huge, game-changing signing for them.
It has been clear from Cech’s performances – which haven’t gone down well with the Emirates faithful – this season that he is now past his best, and the Gunners need to start looking for a new number one who will be a big upgrade on what they already have if they are to push on next term.
Oblak certainly fits the bill and could easily be their first-choice stopper for the next decade if everything works out well.
Of course, he probably won’t want to join Arsenal this summer if he does leave Atletico this summer should they fail to qualify for the Champions League, and they may be reliant on winning the Europa League in order to have any chance of getting a deal over the line.
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