Man City eye Oblak in summer, Bravo to be axed

Manchester City are ready to move for Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak in the summer and will axe Claudio Bravo, Goal reports.

What’s the word?

Claudio Bravo has failed to impress since leaving Barcelona for Manchester City this summer and Pep Guardiola will move on from the 33-year-old at the end of the season, eyeing the services of Jan Oblak as a replacement.

Slovenian international Oblak has excelled in recent years for Atletico Madrid to establish himself as one of the finest young goalkeepers in European football. However, they may find it difficult to land his services.

A host of English sides, including Arsenal, are believed to hold interest in Oblak and Atletico have no intention to sell, whilst they have a strong bargaining position due to Oblak’s huge £86.7m release-clause in his contract.

Is he the right choice?

Conceding 26 goals in the Premier League so far this season, including all four shots on target they faced against Everton last weekend, it’s pretty clear that Manchester City need wholesale changes this summer and Bravo will be axed.

Oblak, who recently turned 24, would be the ideal replacement as he’s already extremely experienced since succeeding Thibaut Courtois at the Vicente Calderon, whilst his age means he has the potential to improve vastly in the coming years.

City would have to spend a hell of a lot to convince Atletico to part ways but money is no problem for the Citizens, who spent more than any other Premier League side last summer.