Former Barcelona executive Raul Sanllehi is apparently working with Arsenal to bring in a world-class replacement for Petr Cech in the summer.
Cech, now 35, has been prone to a handful of individual mistakes this term and it seems that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been lining up a suitable replacement for the Czech Republic international.
It is thought that he doesn’t consider reserve keeper David Ospina a suitable long-term replacement, despite already having him on the books at Arsenal.
According to Sport, Sanllehi has been linking up with Arsenal to orchestrate a move for Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak, despite facing fierce competition from Paris Saint-Germain.
The Ligue 1 leaders have been very willing to pay out hefty fees for world-class talent this year, but Arsenal remain confident of striking a deal with Oblak now that they have Sanllehi on their side.
The 25-year-old keeper, who joined Atletico from Benfica in 2014, currently has a release clause in his contract of around £89m and it is understood that Atletico will not accept anything less than that figure for the Slovenian international.
Arsenal are most definitely not paying 80m on a goalkeeper, Oblak will leave for PSG. But I’d love to be proved wrong.— Spanish Gooner (@elspanishgooner) February 2, 2018
If Oblak were to move for anywhere near that figure, it would obliterate the £34m Manchester City paid for Ederson last summer, making him the most expensive goalkeeper in history.
With arrivals in January strengthening Arsenal’s front-line, the focus now seems to be definitively on the defence, with finding a replacement for the ageing Cech now a top priority.