As if the €222 million capture of Neymar wasn’t enough for Paris Saint-Germain, the former French champions could add to their ranks with the signing of Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak in a deal potentially rising to €100 million.
Reports have been gathering pace that the Parisians are ready to move for the Slovenian to add quality to their goalkeeping department.
The 24-year-old has been a mainstay between the sticks for Atlético for the past two seasons following the return of Thibaut Courtois to Chelsea and has a release clause of €100 million.
PSG are expected to make an offer in the €60 million region, but are likely to meet Oblak’s release clause if their offer is rejected. Does this move make any sense for PSG, however?
A stable number one
To be honest, the only reason this move is even being talked about is due to the inconsistencies of PSG’s goalkeeping ranks, namely Kevin Trapp and Alphonse Areola. Both ‘keepers had their fair share of difficulties last season, with neither able to nail down the number one jersey as their own.
To be honest, I don’t think even Unai Emery knew who he wanted between the sticks last season, as was evident by the power struggle between the two ‘keepers.
Signing Oblak, who kept 15 clean sheets last season, which in fairness is the same as Trapp, would add some security at the back for a PSG side looking to bounce back and reclaim their Ligue 1 title from Monaco.
Is Oblak overpriced?
Since when has money ever been an issue for PSG in recent times?
Having just forked out €222 million for Neymar, spending €100 million on Oblak seems mere pennies in comparison, as is the crazy nature of modern day football. However, the Serbian only has two years’ experience as a first choice ‘keeper in a top European league, but you have to pay this kind of money to prize away young talent from big clubs.
What may come into play is Financial Fair Play. Rules states that clubs have to spend within their means, but are PSG’s financial means, in terms of the revenue they generate, enough to compensate £323 million of transfers?
RealSport verdict: Sign Oblak
Given PSG’s total disregard of budgeting and their tendencies to splash the cash, there is really nothing I can say other than this will be a great move for the club.
Oblak has cemented his position as one of Europe’s elite keepers over the past two seasons, and at 24 years of age, still has his best years ahead of him.
With a defence in front of him which includes Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Dani Alves and Layvin Kurzawa, a midfield of Thiago Motta, Marco Verratti and Adrien Rabiot and an attack consisting of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Ángel di María, signing Oblak would round out a stunning starting XI which will have aspirations of winning a maiden Champions League trophy.
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