According to Nizaar Kinsella of the Evening Standard, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are considering a summer swoop for Atletico Madrid mainstay Jan Oblak in 2023.
The Slovenian international has been a permanent fixture in goal for Atletico for nearly a decade now and has established himself as one of Europe’s best in his position during that time.
A pivotal member of the team, Oblak has been linked with a move to the Premier League in the past as well. However, 2023 could finally see the 29-year-old secure a move to England as two heavyweights of Premier League are keen.
Tottenham Hotspur are putting together a long-term succession plan in place for club captain Hugo Lloris. The Frenchman will turn 36 in a couple of months and his contract will expire in 2024, meaning he will be in the final year of his contract next summer.
And Antonio Conte’s side are working to secure an heir for the goalkeeping spot, leading to their interest in Oblak. The report goes as far as saying that the Atletico Madrid shot-stopper has become the Lilywhites’ No. 1 target, with the club even sounding him out over a possible move.
However, Tottenham might have to face competition from Manchester United, who have been keeping tabs on Oblak for a long time and could make a push for him as a replacement for David de Gea.
The Spaniard is in the final year of his contract with the Red Devils and there is no guarantee as of yet that he will continue at Old Trafford. Hence, Manchester United have asked to be kept in the loop about any developments surrounding Oblak and his future.
The report adds that Atletico Madrid, for their part, would be open to selling the 29-year-old after having had him at the club since 2014.
Oblak signed a new contract this past summer, extending his ties with the club until 2028. However, despite that, Atleti might consider letting him go for a reasonable fee.
There had been interest from Chelsea as well in the past. And while there have been grumblings about Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga’s situation at Stamford Bridge, there is no indication that the Blues are pursuing Oblak.
As things stand, Tottenham are strongly interested in the 29-year-old while Manchester United are also keeping tabs on his situation.
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