Liverpool and Arsenal are two clubs expected to sign a new goalkeeper this summer and according to the latest reports, Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak is very high on their respective shopping lists.
Per the media, the Spanish giants are certain that either Liverpool or Arsenal will table an offer too good to refuse.
Oblak reportedly has a release clause of £88m in his contract and it is almost certain that the only way the Europa League champions will accept the departure of their number one is if that release clause is met.
Liverpool are apparently the front-runners. However, in the eyes of the media, that probably has more to do with what happened in the Champions League final than the reality on the ground.
Oblak is definitely world class – he has proven that with Atletico, and his record is very impressive, conceding just 28 goals from 49 games last season, including a stunning 29 clean sheets.
The Slovenian stopper is just 25 years of age, which means he could have as many as ten years left at the top, a fact that both Arsenal and Liverpool will be fully aware of.
Liverpool are almost certain to replace Loris Karius after his nightmare performance in the Champions League final, whereas Arsenal, who do need a replacement for the ageing Petr Cech, would surely baulk at a fee of £88m. Indeed, it is questionable whether Liverpool, who are in far greater need of a new stopper, would pay that much themselves.
Oblak is of course young, proven and experienced, and would be a perfect fit for both clubs. But there are other options available for a lot less, and with both clubs wanting to strengthen their squads in other critical areas for next season, is it likely they would they spend so much of their respective budgets on a keeper?
Whether they do or they don’t, it will be interesting to see how this one plays out.