Reports are today emerging from Spain that Atletico Madrid are set to offer Jan Oblak a new contract that will include a major wage rise and also a 200 million Euro release clause.
Oblak moved to Madrid in the summer of 2014 from Portuguese side Benfica. Since arriving in Spain Oblak has been magnificent between the sticks for Madrid.
In the 2015/16 season, Oblak kept a very impressive 24 clean sheets in 38 La Liga matches. The following season he would keep 15 in 30 league games. While this past season saw the 25-year-old keep 22 clean sheets in 36 league games, the most in La Liga with Barcelona’s Ter Stegen coming closest to Oblak with 19 clean sheets.
Oblak also conceded just 20 goals in the league this season. This excellent form was a big part of why Atletico Madrid was able to finish second in La Liga. Oblak’s superb shot stopping also helped Madrid clinch the Europa League this season, beating French side Marseille 3-0 in the final.
Bad news for Arsenal and Liverpool
However, while Atletico Madrid fans will be ecstatic at the thought of Oblak signing a new deal, it is terrible news for both Arsenal and Liverpool.
Both sides have been linked with Oblak for some time and after Karius’s blunders in the Champions League final, Liverpool do look as though they wish to sign a new keeper this summer.
But now that Oblak could cost Liverpool around 200 million Euros, it is unlikely that the Reds will keep pursuing the Atletico Madrid keeper.
As for Arsenal, they have also been linked with Bernd Leno. So, it is likely that the Gunners will go for the German rather than spending 200 million Euros on Oblak.