Liverpool receive blow in pursuit of Jan Oblak

Reports in Spain suggest that Liverpool will not be signing Jan Oblak this summer with Atletico Madrid chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin all but ruling out a transfer for the shot-stopper.

The goalkeeping position has been an area of the pitch that has proved problematic for a number of seasons since Pepe Reina was between the sticks winning consecutive Golden Glove awards.

The likes of Simon Mignolet and Brad Jones have struggled to win over the Anfield faithful, while the jury is still out on Loris Karius. The German has been massively improved this season but a large portion of the fanbase still believe a new no.1 is required.

AS Roma’s Alisson Becker is one who would be a fantastic signing while Jan Oblak is the preferred option. However, Atletico Madrid are doing everything in their power to hold onto the Slovenian.

Liverpool have been linked with a big-money move for Jan Oblak for a couple months now and is seen as the key to bringing home the Premier League title for the first time.

Spanish news outlet AS reports that Atleti want to extend Oblak’s terms but are particularly interested in seeing his release clause increased to ensure that he cannot be poached. After David de Gea, the 25-year-old has been the best goalkeeper in Europe this season.

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Atletico chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin said on the goalkeeper’s future: “We’re going to try to increase Oblak’s clause, but what we have to do is trust him.

“We know he wants to stay and we want him to stay.”

Oblak’s current buyout clause is enormous as it is, sitting at £89 million. If Atletico were able to get that increased by any amount, it would become almost impossible to sign him.

As it stands, I find it difficult to believe that Liverpool would move for him, with Alisson viewed as the ‘cheaper, but just as good option.’

The goalkeeper would probably cost around £60 million to sign but given that the Reds essentially stole Mohamed Salah for £37 million, I reckon AS Roma’s director of football Monchi would not take too kindly to a second summer raid on the Italian side.

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