Jan Oblak has flown off in to the sunset for his holidays, but his name continues to circulate in the transfer market.
The Slovenian ‘keeper is attracting admiring glances from across Europe following two excellent seasons for Atlético Madrid, in which he has won consecutive Zamora Trophies (the prize awarded to the LaLiga goalkeeper with the most clean sheets).
PSG to keep trying for Oblak
PSG have shown the most concrete interest in Oblak. The French club offered €60m for his services, then €75m. Atlético rejected both bids. According to Goal, PSG are now considering activating Oblak’s €100m release clause. This would leave Atlético powerless to prevent his exit. Or, at least, powerless to prevent talks between Oblak and PSG.
Nasser Al- Khelaïfi, the PSG president, will make another statement of intent in his quest to bring Champions League glory to Parc de Princes. He has already made a succulent offer to Andrea Berta, Atlético’s sporting director, to take on a similar role at PSG, overseeing transfers.
The performances of Trapp and Areola, the two current goalkeeping options for Unai Emery, have convinced PSG that they require a top-level goalkeeper.
“A lot of clubs are always going to want the best ‘keeper in the world… especially two,” Oblak’s agent recently stated. The second interested party could be Manchester United, in the case that David De Gea leaves Old Trafford.
Atlético will not make it easy
Nevertheless, Atlético have made it clear that they will not make it easy for any of their key players to leave the club, particularly in the context of the FIFA transfer ban, which means Diego Simeone would not be able to sign a replacement.
Oblak’s contract expires in 2021, but it is not out of the question that Atlético offer him and extended deal with a higher-value release clause. The Slovenian spoke recently about his future at Atlético: “You never know in football, but everything suggests that I’ll continue in Madrid. I’m satisfied at Atlético.”