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Arsenal are interested in signing Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak, as a replacement to Petr Cech, according to reports.
Current first choice goalie Petr Cech is already into the final stages of his career and at 34, it is only normal that the club are beginning to search for his successor.
Wenger currently has David Ospina, Wojciech Szczesny and Emiliano Martinez as his other goalkeeping options but the boss is yet to convinced by any of them that they can be the club’s future No. 1. He has now turned to Oblak, who he is a big admirer of and wants the Slovenia international to replace Cech.
According to Goal via Football Insider, Wenger is desperate to sign Oblak and has made enquiries about the goalkeeper on several occasions.
But Atletico have responded by informing Wenger that they are uninterested in selling their star man.
Oblak has established himself as one of Europe’s best goalkeeper since joining Atleticio in 2014 for a club record fee and it is no surprise that we are interested in his services.
However, we will find it extremely difficult to sign the player anytime soon because he is reportedly settled at the Vincente Calderon and is not ready for a new challenge yet.
Also, he has an £84m release clause in his contract which Atletico insist must be activated before they will even consider opening talks with interested club.
As expected, the reports claim Wenger is unwilling to pay anywhere near the release clause which could scupper our chances of signing the player.
Wenger has proven reluctant to spend big on players in the past so I don’t see any possibility he will sanction a bid to sign Oblak for that huge fee.
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