Blow for Man Utd, Arsenal as target agrees new deal with huge exit clause

Date published: Thursday 21st February 2019 7:16

Highly-rated goalkeeper Jan Oblak is set to disappoint Premier League suitors by signing a new and improved contract with Atletico Madrid, according to reports in Spain.

Slovenian shotstopper Oblak is widely heralded as one of the world’s best goalkeepers, and has been linked with Manchester United in the event of a David De Gea departure.

Arsenal and PSG are also said to be interested in the 26-year-old, with the Gunners looking to replace Petr Cech, who is set to retire at the end of the season.

However, all interested parties have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Oblak, as Spanish outlet AS claim that he is set to sign a new contract next week.

Per the report, Oblak’s salary will increase to up to €12 million. The Slovenian’s current deal was set to expire in 2021.

In a further blow for Oblak’s potential suitors, his €100m release clause will be raised to somewhere between €150m and €200m, meaning it is extremely unlikely that fans will be seeing the keeper in the Premier League any time soon.

Nonetheless, the former Benfica man did recently admit that he would like to play in England at some point in his career.

“The Premier League is interesting. It’s attractive and at some stage I may want to be part of that competition,” he told FourFourTwo.

“I can see myself there, but I don’t know when – maybe next year, in two years, five or 10.”

 

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