Tottenham have learned that Atletico Madrid are willing to sell goalkeeper Jan Oblak for a much lower fee than previously touted, a report claims.
Spurs have enjoyed the services of dependable France star Hugo Lloris for over 10 years now. However, at 35, he does not have long left at the top level. It looked as if he would leave earlier this year until he signed a new contract.
But, when those fresh terms run out in 2024, Lloris will more than likely leave Tottenham for good.
Spurs have subsequently begun to think about future-proofing their goalkeeper ranks. And Atletico star Oblak recently emerged on their radar.
The Evening Standard adds weight to the recent claims, reporting that the Slovenian has become a ‘primary target’ for Tottenham.
As such, Spurs have contacted Oblak’s representatives to inform them of their transfer interest in their client.
However, the newspaper claims in an update that Atletico are willing to work with Tottenham and let Oblak leave.
Like Lloris in north London, Oblak has been at Atletico for a while now – eight years in fact. And the Spanish club are aware that, having just tied him to a new contract, they have somewhat protected his value.
Jan Oblak still has transfer value
Oblak extended his Atletico terms until 2028 in July. The latest contract comes after the stopper’s previous terms were due to expire in 2023.
Oblak may be turning 30 in January, but his record in Europe for a number of seasons now – and his contract – means he does still have value in the market.
As for his price, the earlier reports put his fee at £27million. And the Evening Standard adds that his price tag has ‘lowered significantly’ from his earlier £107million release clause.
Manchester United have also asked for information on Oblak’s future because David de Gea’s Old Trafford future is uncertain.
Oblak moved to Atletico from Benfica and has made 360 appearances for the La Liga side.
He helped Diego Simeone’s side reach the Champions League final in 2016 and proved crucial in their 2021 league triumph.
Goalkeepers ready for new challenges
Lloris and Oblak have both been great servants for their clubs, but they both need new challenges before they end their careers.
The former, who turns 36 in December, could of course retire if he stays at Tottenham until his contract runs out in 2024.
If he decides to leave, though, perhaps a swansong in MLS would serve him well.
As for Oblak, he still has several years at the top level and Tottenham would be a great next step.
The stopper would have big boots to fill from Lloris, but the Slovenia international has an advantage in that he has held a goalkeeping post down for a long time at Atletico.
What’s more, a Premier League switch would help him establish himself further on the European stage as one of his generation’s finest goalkeepers.
Tottenham need to ensure their transition away from Lloris goes as smoothly as possible.
And targeting Oblak is very sensible planning from manager Antonio Conte and transfer chief Fabio Paratici.