Thrilling Tottenham upgrade takes shape with elite contender ‘ready’ to arrive in Premier League

Antoine Griezmann and Jan Oblak Credit: Alamy
Antoine Griezmann and Jan Oblak Credit: Alamy

Tottenham Hotspur have received a boost in their pursuit of an ideal successor to current first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Lloris has been a good servant to Spurs over a decade-long association with the club. He has been their captain since 2015 and has 440 appearances for the club under his belt. But his form in recent years hasn’t been of the same level that he originally showed.

And at the age of 36, the Frenchman – who recently retired from international duty – won’t have much longer as Tottenham’s number one.

Spurs are preparing to sign a new first-choice keeper in the summer. In that regard, they have a few options in mind. For example, they are among the admirers of Brentford shot-stopper David Raya.

But a report from the Evening Standard, which covers their interest in Raya as well, concludes that Tottenham have someone potentially even more appealing on their radar.

It is claimed – not for the first time – that Spurs are interested in Atletico Madrid goalie Jan Oblak. He has been one of the best in the world in his position for a number of years.

Oblak has conceded the fewest goals per game out of all La Liga goalkeepers in five separate seasons. He even was named the Spanish top flight’s best overall player in one of them.

Now, Tottenham could lure Oblak to the Premier League for the first time in his career. According to the Evening Standard, he is under consideration for their succession plan after Lloris.

Promisingly, Oblak is said to be “ready to move to the Premier League”, despite extending his contract with Atletico Madrid until 2028 as recently as six months ago.

Jan Oblak would be huge signing for Tottenham

Therefore, Spurs could be sensing an opportunity to make a major upgrade on Lloris.

However, the concern would be Oblak’s price tag. The Evening Standard concludes that the Slovenia international would be far more expensive than Raya. What’s more, he is slightly older than the Spaniard too.

Yet the length of Oblak’s contract at Atletico is an indicator of how long he could remain at the top level. Hence, Spurs are definitely right to be looking at him.

Whether they can succeed in prising him away from the Spanish capital is another matter. The player himself seems to be interested in making a change. But Atletico will feel within their rights to command a substantial fee.

Oblak originally signed for Atletico from Benfica in 2014 for a fee of €16million. His market value has increased significantly since then, so they could make a big profit by cashing in.

After a somewhat turbulent first half of the season, though, Atletico might need to retain Oblak to keep their hopes of finishing in the top four of La Liga high. They currently occupy the last Champions League space after 17 games.

Tottenham’s search for a new goalkeeper is likely to progress in the summer anyway. Hence, their timelines for a potential deal may align after all.

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