Suitors of Jan Oblak have been given a sniff that a future deal could be on the cards after the goalkeeper reportedly expressed his frustrations with Atletico Madrid.
It was reported on Wednesday by both AS and Ekipa that the Slovenia No 1 rejected a summer move to Liverpool after becoming Jurgen Klopp’s first choice goalkeeper target.
It was claimed that Liverpool had contacted Atleti to express their willingness to meet the €100m exit clause in his contract.
Furthermore, both newspapers claimed Oblak was also the subject of a firm enquiry from French giants PSG, as reported by Sport Witness.
Ekipa report how a ‘source’ close to the player says Oblak rejected Liverpool’s advances as he did not want to move to the Premier League giants at that time, while PSG were ultimately done by the FFP restrictions hanging over their head.
The Ligue 1 champions instead chose to sign veteran Italy star Gigi Buffon, while Liverpool, of course, went on to sign Alisson Becker in what was then a world-record goalkeeper fee for €75m (£67m).
And the decision to bring Alisson to Liverpool certainly looks a good one, with the impressive Brazilian conceding just three goals in nine Premier League matches for Liverpool so far and keeping another clean sheet on Wednesday night as Red Star Belgrade were put to the sword.
However, it’s quite some claim to suggest Liverpool could actually have had the man regarded as LaLiga’s best between their stick this season, with any outlay for Oblak set to have cost the Reds €100m.
Interestingly, AS now reports that Oblak could be having second thoughts about his decision not to pursue a summer move away from the Wanda Metropolitano.
The keeper is yet to sign a new deal with Atletico, with the club’s decision to prioritise deals for other senior stars said to have upset the Slovenian stopper, who is now unwilling to discuss an extension beyond his current deal, which expires in the summer of 2021.
While it’s unlikely Liverpool will come in for the player again any time soon, the goalkeeper has also been mentioned as a target for Arsenal, while Manchester United would surely emerge as contenders if David De Gea was ever lured away. PSG, again, would likely be linked with the keeper again too.
Oblak was keeping an open mind when questioned about his future earlier this season, too, saying after Atletico’s Europa League success.
“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,” he said.
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