Newcastle United signing Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak would be a “bigger coup” than when they landed Kieran Trippier and Bruno Guimaraes, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.
Newcastle made five signings in the January transfer window, with Trippier and Guimaraes being the standout names to arrive at St James’ Park.
What’s the latest news involving Oblak?
Oblak has spent the last eight seasons at Atletico, and he won La Liga with the Spanish club last year.
However, his contract at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium is due to expire in 2023, meaning that he is set to be a free agent in just 15 months’ time.
Newcastle have been linked with making a move for the 6 foot 2 shot-stopper, and it is understood that Oblak would be open to trying his luck in the Premier League following a lengthy stint in Spain.
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What has O’Rourke said about Oblak?
Given what Oblak has achieved at Atletico, O’Rourke thinks he would be a marquee signing for Eddie Howe’s side, and feels landing the £54m-rated goalkeeper would be even more impressive than when the club tempted Trippier and Guimaraes to Tyneside.
Comparing Oblak potentially joining Newcastle to Trippier and Guimaraes moving to the North-East, O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “I would say he’d have to be a bigger coup than those two signings. You’re talking about a world-class goalkeeper here in Oblak, a real consistent performer for Atletico Madrid over the last 5-10 years. He’s been a regular in the Champions League.”
Would Oblak be Newcastle’s best signing to date under the new owners?
Oblak has not had his best season in an Atletico shirt this term as he has conceded 36 goals in 29 league appearances. That is already 11 more goals than he shipped in the entire campaign last year when Atletico won the league.
However, he has proved his class over the years, and was in fine form during Atletico’s win against Manchester United at Old Trafford recently to show that he is still a high-quality operator.
Trippier started very well at Newcastle, scoring in back-to-back matches against Everton and Aston Villa before he broke a bone in his foot, while Guimaraes looks to be settling in well, and he netted a spectacular winning goal at Southampton earlier this month.
Yet Oblak is 29 and still in his peak, is an experienced international, and is widely regarded as one of the best players in his position in European football.
Therefore, it would be hard to argue against him being the best signing since the new owners arrived in October if the Magpies can get a deal over the line for him this summer.