Jan Oblak, who is ranked among the world’s best goalkeepers, is looking to leave his current club in the January transfer window this season. He is not satisfied with the pay he is receiving and hence he is pushing for a move away from the club.
Atletico signed Oblak in 2014 for 16 million Euros from Benfica and he forms a highly crucial part of the team. Atletico’s defensive approach makes him a pivotal figure as the guard of the goal and his top quality service has been indispensable for Atletico’s success lately.
Although the Rojiblancos haven’t found much luck in the Champions League in the yesteryears but they have been outstanding in the Europa League, winning the tournament once again last season.
The 25 year old Slovenian stopper has won The Zamora trophy three times, which emphatically shows the mettle of the player while making a mockery of his price tag. He has conceded 16 goals in 17 matches this season and has picked up 7 clean sheets. Atletico’s 2-0 victory against Dortmund in the Champions League marked his 100th clean sheet. This implies he has kept a clean sheet in 57% of his outings for his team.
The club offered improved conracts to his teammates Saul, Griezmann, Koke and Gimenez but hasn’t yet done the same for Oblak, which is the prime reason for his frustration. He had his release clause increased to 100 million from 45 million in the summer to fend off interest from the clubs like Liverpool and Chelsea.
Oblak’s teammate Gabi hopes he stays at the club. He even sees him at a level par with Griezmann and feels he brings as much value as the French international.
“Oblak is as decisive as Griezmann, he gives points to Atletico,” he told COPE show El Partidazo.
“Atleti are going to make a big effort to stay and he will want to stay, I am sure he will continue.
“His situation is difficult. I am convinced that he would like to renew his contract. I am sure they will reach an agreement.”
Reports in Spain suggested Oblak’s wage demands could price him out of a new deal and Gabi accepted the club faces financial challenges.
“All players grow and keeping players of such a high level in a club that does not have a big budget is difficult, you cannot keep everyone with the highest salaries,” he added.
“The club is in a complicated situation. It is not that the Atleti does not want to renew the players, they just have to work with the resources available.”
However, if Oblak ultimately decides to leave before his contract expires, in 2021, it will be interesting to be see which club he joins because Chelsea, Liverpool and the likes already overhauled their squad by purchasing Kepa and Alisson respectively for the goalie position.