Reports from Spain claim that Liverpool have submitted an opening bid of £79m to Atletico Madrid for Jan Oblak.
Liverpool are in dire need of a new goalie after Loris Karius demonstrated that he’s not up to the task of playing at the highest level of European football.
AS Roma’s Alisson, who played at Anfield on Sunday, has been heavily linked to moving to Merseyside and would represent a huge upgrade on all the goalkeepers currently available to Jürgen Klopp.
However, the oh-so-reliable Don Balon claim that Liverpool have submitted an opening bid of £79 million for Jan Oblak.
Atleti are understandably keen to hold onto the Slovenian but Don Balon claim that the Reds are confident that they will have a bid accepted in the coming months.
Paying that much for Oblak would comfortably make him the most expensive ‘keeper in history and after Liverpool paid a world record fee for Virgil van Dijk in January, there’s every chance Klopp will splurge to ensure that rookie errors won’t prevent Liverpool from winning silverware in the future.
Behind Manchester United’s David De Gea, Oblak is viewed as Europe’s best goalkeeper and at 25 years of age, he still has close to 10 years left at the top level, meaning that if Liverpool signed him, they would have a previously troublesome position locked down for the foreseeable future.
Oblak still has three years left on his contract so Atletico aren’t in a position where they have to sell like AS Roma did last summer with Mohamed Salah, having to make sure they weren’t sanctioned by FFP.
Don Balon aren’t the most reliable source and so it’s worthwhile to wait for more credible journalists to come out and verify whether or not Liverpool have indeed bid for Oblak.