Liverpool’s primary target Jab Oblak towards an uncertain future at Atletico Madrid, providing encouragement to the Merseysiders in his pursuit.
Liverpool have received a boost in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid goalkeeper and no.1 target Jan Oblak after the Slovenian admitted towards an uncertain future with the La Liga club, all according to Tribal Football. The Atletico Madrid star has been under the transfer scanner since the end of last season as many big clubs circle around for his signature.
Jurgen Klopp has been actively looking out for a new No.1 for Liverpool ahead of next season, after not being convinced by current options Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet. Having had many top-notch goalkeeping targets under the radar, his no.1 target, however, remains Atletico Madrid star Jan Oblak.
Liverpool have also been heavily linked with a move for Roma and Brazil star Alisson Becker for some time now, but there seems to have been a reluctance from Roma’s side to sell their top asset. Oblak has alternatively been tailed by the Premier League side as they are desperate to add a senior goalkeeper to their ranks.
Oblak has been a top performer for Atletico Madrid during his time so far at the club. He was their no.1 choice between the posts last season as the club finished second in La Liga behind Barcelona and triumphed in the Europa League.
The report from Tribal football though, carries quotes from the Slovenian which seems to suggest an uncertain future for Oblak at Atletico Madrid. He admitted, “I have a contract,” he said. “Of course, I like the team we are building.
“People talk about things, they have their opinions, but I’ve always said I have a contract here and I don’t know what will happen in the future.”
Owing to his performances and importance in the team, Atletico are reportedly demanding £80 million for Oblak. However, Liverpool are not ready to meet that price and would try to negotiate with Atletico.
Atletico are not expected to accept anything lesser than the price they demand, and Oblak’s performances over the years, especially last season will hold essential talking points during the negotiations. Oblak allowed only 28 goals and kept 29 clean sheets in 49 overall appearances, making him one of the top goalkeepers across Europe and elsewhere.
The 25-year old has a long career road ahead of him, and hence Atletico would have to be paid their asking price for any club to stand a chance of securing Oblak. But the comments sort of indicate his reluctance to commit his future entirely to Atletico Madrid. This will surely boost Liverpool’s hope of landing Oblak.