Arsenal are monitoring Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak who they view as a potential replacement for Petr Cech, according to Goal.
Arsene Wenger is reportedly a long-term admirer of the 23-year-old and has already made a number of approaches for the shot-stopper only to be turned down by the Rojiblancos.
The Slovenia international has an £85m release clause in his contract but Arsenal are unwilling to meet that price and any potential bid is likely to be substantially lower.
Oblak has established himself as one of the finest goalkeepers on the continent under Diego Simeone and, still only 23, clearly has a huge future ahead of him.
While Arsenal are not the only club believed to be interested in his services, he is expected to wait until the end of the season before contemplating his future at the club.
Certainly Arsenal will need a replacement for Cech, who turns 35 next year, at some point although he shows few signs of slowing down just yet.
- Report: Arsenal ‘Planning For Life Post-Wenger’ As Josh Kroenke Given New Role
- Arsenal Announce New Five-Year Sponsorship Deal With Emirates
- Report: Koulibaly Is Arsenal’s Number One Transfer Target For Summer
The Czech has been a superb signing for the Gunners since joining from Chelsea and his penalty record, he is yet to save a spot kick in six attempts, is perhaps the only blemish on his record.
Whether David Ospina could ultimately replace Cech looks unclear, while he has been Arsenal’s Champions League goalkeeper this season and impressed at times, it is not known if he will continue to accept a bit-part role, and was linked with a move away throughout last summer.
Emiliano Martinez is another possibility, the 24-year-old recently signed a new long-term deal with the Gunners with Wenger declaring “I think he is the future goalkeeper at this club”.
Oblak’s quality is undoubted and Wenger’s interest in such a top quality goalkeeper is understandable although his valuation could prove a problem if he is tempted to leave Atletico.