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Report: Tottenham Hotspur’s ‘wildcard’ option in potential Jan Oblak deal quashed

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Tottenham Hotspur’s wildcard Sergio Reguilon option in Jan Oblak deal shot down

According to the Express, there had been claims that Tottenham Hotspur could use Sergio Reguilon as a potential wildcard option in their bid to sign Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid.

The Slovenia international has been linked with a move to Spurs, Manchester United, as well as Chelsea. Los Colchoneros recently extended his stay at Wanda Metropolitano until the summer of 2028.

However, with the prior release clause of an eye-watering 107million removed from his contract, it is not a surprise to see teams circling the former SL Benfica star. Oblak has made himself a living legend at Atletico.

Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid is a world-class goalkeeper and is on the radars of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid is a world-class goalkeeper and is on the radars of Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, and Manchester United. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

He is one of the best goalkeepers of our generation and given the long shelf life of goalkeepers, the 29-year-old still has a number of years left ahead of him as a player. Reguilon joined Atletico on a season-long loan transfer this summer.

Reguilon of no use in Oblak deal for Spurs

Hence, it makes sense if one presumed that the Spain international could potentially play a part in helping us sign Oblak if we offer him to Atletico on a permanent deal. However, those claims have been shot down by Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo (h/t the Express).

Reguilon may not really have a future at N17 either. He is yet to make a single appearance for his new club due to an injury and with Spurs bringing in Ivan Perisic to compete with Ryan Sessegnon for starts down the left flank, it could be a long way back for him into our starting XI.

Fred of Manchester United in action against Tottenham Hotspur's Sergio Reguilon.
Fred of Manchester United in action against Tottenham Hotspur’s Sergio Reguilon. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Hugo Lloris, meanwhile, isn’t getting any younger. At 35, he is in the final years of his career as a goalkeeper and while we would want to cite Gianluigi Buffon’s example to think Lloris can touch the 40-year-old mark as a professional, it would be rather wishful thinking.

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Hence, signing a world-class player like Oblak would certainly be a proper way to fill the potential void of the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner vacating his number 1 spot – whenever that may be in the future.

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