Jan Oblak ‘staying put’ after Liverpool & Real Madrid interestJune 11, 2018
A source close to Atletico Madrid has told La Liga News UK that Jan Oblak will not be leaving the club this summer.
It’s no secret that Jan Oblak is one of the world’s best shot-stoppers and Atleti have slapped an £80m plus valuation for his services and a source close to LLNUK has said that he is ‘staying put’, also adding: “Jan is an Atleti player and Diego, nor any officials have looked at a potential replacement, we are not worried.’
Liverpool have shown major interest in the Slovenian, as well as Roma’s Brazilian ‘keeper Alisson to become their new number one between the sticks, to replace Loris Karius following the Champions League final.
Oblak started his professional career in his native Slovenia, with Olimpija Ljubijana between 2009-2010 before moving to Benfica. Although, his time at Benfica was made up of loans to Beira Mar, Olhanense, Uniao De Leiria and Rio Ave.
A series of mistakes by Benfica’s Artur lead to Oblak’s Benfica breakthrough, where he kept several clean sheets including against Porto an Juventus. He won the Best Goalkeeper In The Portuguese League Award in 2014.
Since arriving in the Spanish capital in 2014 as Thibaut Courtois’s replacement, he has kept 93 clean sheets in 162 games for Los Rojiblancos. This season, he has conceded 28 goals from 49 games, as Atletico finished second in La Liga and were crowned Europa League champions. Oblak’s contract at the Wanda Metropolitano runs on for another three seasons.
Gianluigi Buffon is currently the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, as his transfer from Parma to Juventus, cost the Old Lady £45m.
£80m may be a fee too expensive for the Reds to want to pay, but for the Slovenian’s goalkeeping ability, he would give the Reds a much better opportunity to win titles both domestically and continentally.