Tottenham transfer news: Jan Oblak ready for Premier League move with Spurs keen
Hugo Lloris’ displays for Tottenham have come under scrutiny of late, especially after his blunder in the north London derby over the weekend.
The Spurs captain has been at the club for over 10-years but his days as their number one goalkeeper may be numbered.
The Frenchman turned 36 last month and while he has arguably been Tottenham’s best goalkeeper in their recent history the club are now looking at bringing in his long-term successor.
Spurs have been heavily linked with moves for three Premier League goalkeepers in Jordan Pickford, David Raya and Robert Sanchez. But they are also eyeing an ambitious move for Atletico Madrid’s Oblak.
Tottenham interested in Oblak
The Evening Standard claims that Tottenham are interested in Oblak, alongside Brentford shot stopper David Raya.
The outlet notes that Chelsea are set to rival Spurs for Raya’s signature and they could turn to alternative targets should they miss out.
Oblak is apparently ready to move to the Premier League, but Atletico are likely to demand a sizeable fee for the 30-year-old.
The Slovenian shot stopper currently has over five-years left on his deal with Atletico, while Raya has just entered the final 18-months of his deal.
That would probably explain why the La Liga outfit would be in a commanding position to demand a huge fee for Oblak should Spurs follow-up their interest.
Nevertheless, Oblak has proven himself to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world during his time in the Spanish capital. And his teammate, Koke, feels he’s actually the best in his position.
“We know the level of player he is. For me, he’s the best goalkeeper in the world,” Koke told ESPN back in January last year.
“Maybe we aren’t having the luck we’ve had in previous years. When our opponents shoot, they score.
“But Jan is our vice-captain, he’s important. He looks strong. He’s focused on doing the same work that he’s done all these years, to keep improving and helping the group.”
TBR View: Spurs unlikely to pay big for Oblak
Oblak would undoubtedly represent a brilliant successor to Lloris but he certainly won’t come cheap.
At 30, it seems unlikely that Tottenham would be willing to pay a huge fee to bring the Atletico star to north London.
Raya seems like a more realistic target for Spurs, given he is affordable and will only have one-year left on his deal with Brentford at the end of the season. But they will seemingly have to fight-off interest from their London rivals.