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Tottenham eyes Atletico Madrid’s Oblak as Lloris’ replacement

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TOTTENHAM are eyeing up Jan Oblak as a long-term replacement for club veteran, Hugo Lloris, according to reports.

  The Slovenian stopper is said to be among several targets for Antonio Conte’s side as they ponder life beyond 35-year-old Lloris.

  And as reported by the Evening Standard, Spurs have identified Oblak as a primary target and have ‘sounded him out’ about a potential move next summer – with second-choice, Fraser Forster not considered capable of stepping up.

  The 139-cap France international has now spent a decade at Spurs, but is expected to leave north London when his contract expires in summer 2024, when he will be 37.

  Lloris, who signed that two-year deal in January, is still a reliable and consistent option, but he is in the latter stages of his career and manager, Conte has discussed the situation with club chief, Fabio Paratici.

 Although the 29-year-old, into his ninth year in the Spanish capital, has six years left on his contract but Atletico are thought to be willing to speak to interested parties.

  Oblak is considered to be one of the best goalkeepers in Europe, with Manchester United also reportedly set to compete for his signature.

  There is uncertainty over the future of current No 1, David de Gea with last season’s deputy, Dean Henderson on loan at Nottingham Forest amid concerns about his lack of game time at Old Trafford.

  Oblak formerly had a release clause of £107m, putting off potential suitors, but that figure has reportedly been significantly lowered. Atletico are eyeing up Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martinez as a potential replacement for him.

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