The Slovenia Times

Football: Keeper Oblak's Record Transfer to Atletico Finalised



The Los Rojiblancos will pay a EUR 16m fee, the highest sum ever commanded by a Slovenian player, to Portuguese side Benfica to obtain the 21-year-old's services on a six-year deal.

Oblak, who had four years left on his contract with the Portuguese club, must pass a medical for the transfer to go through.

"Jan Oblak is a goalkeeper with a bright future. He brings us a lot of quality in goal. He is one of the most promising goalkeepers in the world and we are happy to have his services," said Atletico's sporting director Jose Luis Caminero.

Only last week, Oblak was named the best goalkeeper in Portugal's Primeira Liga.

The Slovenian stopper has been tipped to assume first team duties at Atletico from Belgian national side goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is due to return to Chelsea for next season as the Blues end a loan to Atletico.

The previous highest transfer fee for a Slovenian player was held by legendary striker Zlatko Zahovič, when Olympiakos of Greece paid Porto EUR 13.5m to acquire his services in 1999, according to German footballing intelligence site Transfermarkt.

Starting national team goalkeeper Samir Handanović meanwhile commanded a EUR 12m transfer fee when he made the move from Udinese to Inter Milan in 2012.


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