The 2017-18 football campaign has entered its final chapter and the clubs are already looking out for preferred options ahead of the new season. The players are also well aware of those speculations and many of them have opened up while having their ongoing international duty.
Jan Oblak, the Atletico Madrid custodian, spoke to the reporters amidst his international commitment with Slovenia. The 25-year-old custodian has a £88 million release clause in his current deal and has repeatedly been linked to a move to Premier League. Arsenal and Liverpool – the two great English sides are in search of an esteemed custodian and Oblak, aware of the contradicting reports, is not baffled by the rumors.
“I know there have been many things written about how everything is agreed, and also the other way saying there will be no new contract.”
Liverpool are likely to let Simon Mignolet leave in summer who has lost his first-team place to Loris Karius and the German custodian’s future now hangs in balance after some decent outings. He will remain as club’s ‘number 1’ if continues the same and the Reds will stop pursuing both Alisson Becker (the Brazilian who has caught the eyes with AS Roma) and Jan Oblak in that scenario.
Arsenal’s story has been more complex. Although they have veteran Petr Cech between the sticks, the ex-Chelsea legend is not the same player he used to be and the 35-year-old custodian has been slammed for his frequent erroneous outings. David Ospina could not establish himself as club’s ‘number 1’ and the Gunners are in search of a fresh recruit between the sticks. They had to break the bank to acquire preferred transfer targets and are likely to splash more cash in summer to restore their lost pride and get back inside the ‘top four’ of Premier League standings. They will be more desperate to bring Oblak in, but the talks are still very premature and the player, too, has kept his options open for the future.
“It is difficult to talk about what will happen tomorrow, more difficult to say what will happen next season.”