According to reports from Goal, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is interested in landing Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak, but unwilling to pay the whopping £85m release clause in his current deal.
The report claims that Arsene Wenger is a fan of Oblak and the Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has asked the Spanish outfit about the availability of the keeper, with Diego Simeone unwilling to listen to ‘any’ offer.
The Slovenia international has settled himself as one of the exceptional shot-stoppers in European football and has a host of top clubs are monitoring his situation.
Oblak has a £85million release clause in his contract at the Calderon but Wenger is not foreseen to make a bid anywhere near this figure to land the Slovenian. Oblak will evaluate his options at the end of the season but is likely to stay at Vicente Calderon for the near future.
Jan Oblak was the most expensive keeper in the history of La Liga when he joined Atletico Madrid from Benfica before the start of the 2014-15 season. In his first season, he did not play regularly and was the second choice behind Miguel Moya. However, since the second season Oblak became an undisputed starter in La Liga and the Champions League and established himself as one of the best keepers in Europe.
The 23-year-old is the only Atletico Madrid player to start every one of the 13 league games this season for Simeone, the most recent of which was a 3-0 win at Osasuna in which Oblak saved an early spot-kick. Even Diego Simeone added words of appreciation for the keeper in the aftermath of the 3-0 win.
“Osasuna began very strong, and then came the decisive penalty save from Oblak. That is three big saves from him in just a few months. I am very happy for him personally,” Simeone said.
Apart from Arsenal, the report also suggests that Manchester United have also kept close tabs on Oblak during the 2016/17 campaign only as a precaution if somehow Real Madrid close on their keeper David De Gea.