Tottenham Hotspur are looking to lay down a long-term succession plan for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and have identified Atletico Madrid superstar Jan Oblak as one of the targets.
This claim comes from Nizaar Kinsella of the Evening Standard, who also states that the Lilywhites are also battling with Chelsea for the signing of David Raya of Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Spaniard would be a cheaper option for Tottenham as his contract expires in 18 months. However, they are also interested in Oblak as a target to take over Lloris ahead of the next season.
The Slovenian goalkeeper is rated as one of the best in Europe and has been one of Atletico Madrid’s top performers for years now. The 30-year-old has made close to 380 appearances for the Rojiblancos so far and has won a La Liga title and the UEFA Europa League with the club.
However, there had been rumblings about his future in the past, with Tottenham and Manchester United said to have been keeping tabs on his situation.
And, as per the report from the Evening Standard, Antonio Conte’s side retain an interest in Oblak and could explore the possibility of his signing in the summer window.
It is further stated that the 30-year-old shot-stopper would be open to a move to the Premier League, which will certainly be seen as a boost by the north London club.
However, it will likely take a massive sum for Tottenham to tempt Atletico Madrid into selling one of their most important assets.
Hence, they are also looking at David Raya as a more cost-effective option. But if Chelsea beat them to the punch, Conte & co. could decide to test the waters with an approach for Oblak.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”
He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.
“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”
The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.
“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”
And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.
“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”
Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.
“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”
“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.
And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.
“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”
Source: Mundo Deportivo