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Atletico Madrid closing in on Benfica's Jan Oblak

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Atletico Madrid are hoping they can finally come to an agreement to sign Benfica goalkeeper Jan Oblak, according to reports from Spanish newspaper Marca.

In a bid to complete the protracted transfer, Atletico's chief executive Miguel Angel Gil has travelled to Lisbon to hold talks with Benfica chairman Luis Filipe Vieira after talks between the two club's representatives were unproductive.

Midnight talks

Marca suggest discussions between the two men went into the early hours of the morning, with Benfica reluctant to accept anything less than the fee stated in Oblak's buy-out clause.

However, reports claim Benfica have finally given in to the Spanish club and Oblak could soon be an Atletico Madrid player, though the club denied having attempted to unsettle the keeper.

Replacing Courtois

Diego Simeone's men are desperate to sign a top class goalkeeper after Belgian Thibaut Courtois returned to Chelsea after three very successful loan spells at the Vicente Calderon.

Should Oblak seal a move to last season's Champions League finalists it'll complete a remarkable rise to fame for the 21-year-old stopper.

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Having come through the ranks at NK Olimpija Ljubljana in his native Slovenia, Oblak's form as a teenager earned him a move to Portuguese giants Benfica in 2010.

Despite having already made his professional debut, the Lisbon outfit weren't ready to thrust him into their first team and he'd immediately join Primeira Liga club Beira-Mar on loan.

Temporary spells at Olhanense and Uniao Leiria followed before Oblak finally got the chance to prove himself as a number one during a season-long loan at Rio Ave.

It was during that time that me made his debut for the Slovenian national team but at the start of the 2013/2014 season Oblak's career looked to have stalled as he found himself playing for Benfica's B side.

However, when regular number one Artur suffered a dip in form midway through the season Oblak was given his chance and proved to be an integral part of the side which claimed a domestic treble but suffered Europa League final heartbreak.

Big Benfica departure

News of his imminent departure will no doubt be cause for concern for Benfica fans, who have already seen star defender Ezequiel Garay leave for Russian side Zenit St Petersburg.

Oblak would be joining a former teammate at Atletico, with former Benfica loanee Guilherme Siqueira having signed for the La Liga champions after impressing at the Estadio da Luz last season.

Benfica's successful 2013/2014 campaign appears to have come at a cost, with a number of theirs stars being courted by Europe's elite, leaving Jorge Jesus in need of reinforcements.

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