Atletico Madrid will reportedly keep hold of goalkeeper Jan Oblak after they failed to have their transfer embargo overturned at the Court of Arbitration of Sport.
The Spanish outfit, can however, sign players during the summer transfer window, but they can’t register them for competitive action until the turn of the year.
The Slovenia international had been recently linked with an exit from the Capital outfit after his representative MihaMlakar hinted that the 24-year-old is attracting big club interest including one from the United Kingdom, he said, via Goal: “It is true that there is a lot of interest in the best goalkeeper in the world. There are two clubs especially interested in Oblak for next season. One is in the United Kingdom.”
Oblak had been identified as a potential replacement for Manchester United’s David de Gea, who has recently attracted interest from Real Madrid, while Paris Saint-Germain are said to have also quoted an interest in the shot-stopper. Atletico were seemingly confident of having their embargo overruled just as their cross-city rivals Real, but the judgement did not go in their favour.
As a result, the club are likely to keep hold of their main asset with Antoine Griezmann, Oblak among others set to wait for an additional before pushing for potential moves from the famous old club. Oblak has kept an impressive tally of 66 assists for Atletico since arriving from Benfica in 2014, and he is regarded as one of the best young goalkeepers in the modern era.
One thing that has been lacking for Oblak is silverware, and he would hope to achieve more success with Atletico, who are due to shift to the Wanda Metropolitano for the 2017/18 season. Diego Simeone’s side finished third in the Spanish La Liga last term.