Both David Ospina’s and Petr Cech’s contracts expire in the summer of 2019, with Arsenal expected to sell the Colombian international this summer to raise funds for an extensive remodelling of the playing staff.
Oblak himself offered quiet encouragement in a recent interview.
“It’s not easy to talk about what’s going to happen tomorrow never mind what will happen next season,” he said. “But I am calm and the situation depends on Atletico – nobody knows the future.”
Capped 18 times by Slovenia, 25-year-old Oblak is one of the world’s most highly-rated goalkeepers and would fit comfortably with Arsenal’s heritage of fine goalkeepers.
Recent years saw that lineage tainted and while a younger Petr Cech would be an addition to that list, the ageing and error-prone Czech is causing consternation among fans.
Raul Sanllehi joined Arsenal from Barcelona and his extensive contacts in Spanish and world football are, fans hope, going to lead to smarter moves in the transfer market. Oblak, with a £88m release clause in his contract, is one such signing the Emirates faithful would like to see.
The man himself left the door open. “I have a contract that I signed two years ago, but now I must wait to see what Atleti’s plan is,” he said, adopting the motto of ‘never say never’.