Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their hunt for a new first choice goalkeeper, after being quoted £80 million for their number one target, Jan Oblak.
The Reds have long been linked with wanting to bring in a new goalkeeper, with Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius hardly staking a serious claim to be handed the gloves on a long-term basis.
Karius had seemingly beaten off competition from the Belgian, who now hasn’t featured in Jurgen Klopp’s starting lineup since back in January.
Then however came the Champions League final, when Karius made those two dreadful errors to gift Real Madrid victory, and seemingly condemn his future to be away from Anfield.
Since then, speculation has ramped up regarding Liverpool’s search for a new number one, with the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Alisson Becker, Jan Oblak, and Jack Butland all having being strongly linked.
However according to The Mirror, it is Atletico Madrid stopper Oblak who is Liverpool’s ‘number one’ target.
The 25-year-old has been sensationally good for Los Rojiblancos since arriving in the Spanish capital in 2014, keeping a highly impressive 93 clean sheets in 162 games for the Spanish club.
He conceded just 28 goals in his 49 games for Atletico this season, as they finished runners-up to Barcelona in La Liga and won the Europa League.
Liverpool have reportedly been in contact with the Spanish giants regarding a potential move, but have been told they must pay his buyout clause of £80 million, a fee which would be more than double the current world record for a ‘keeper.