Tottenham Hotspur had a busy summer transfer window and could already be making plans for a big name signing in January.
According to reports in Spain, the London club are set to rival Manchester United to the signing of goalkeeper Jan Oblak whoe Atletico Madrid have placed a €30m price tag on.
That fee is being described as ‘laughable’ due to the player’s quality and could prove an incredible bit of business for either Spurs or the Old Trafford club.
Here is what has been reported about Oblak and what it could mean for other clubs across the Premier League:
Man Utd and Tottenham ‘keen’ on Oblak as Atletico set ‘laughable’ price tag
Per Sports Witness, who reference a report from Spanish outlet Fichajes, both Tottenham and Manchester United are keen on Oblak.
Spurs skipper Hugo Lloris has been the club’s first choice stopper since his arrival in 2012 and has made over 400 appearances for the club.
However, the player is now 35-years old and that could mean that Antonio Conte does not want to pass up the chance to sign a long term replacement for the Frenchman if it is presented to him.
Although Lloris continues to perform well and goalkeepers tend to play longer than outfield players, Oblak is six years his junior at 29-years old and the quoted €30m fee would be incredibly low for a player who is also considered one of the best keepers in the world.
The Slovenian international signed a contract extension in the summer which keeps him in the Spanish capital until 2028 so it is unclear why the quoted figure is so low.
Interestingly, if either Spurs or United are successful in capturing Oblak then it could have a knock on effect on another of their Premier League rivals.
The report from Sports Witness claims that Atletico will move for Aston Villa number one Emiliano Martínez as Oblak’s replacement if he does leave the Spanish club in January.
The Argentine has impressed for Steven Gerrard’s side in recent seasons and is highly regarded in both English football and across Europe.