Atlético make move for Benfica's Oblak

Club Atlético de Madrid will add SL Benfica goalkeeper Jan Oblak to their ranks after agreeing a €16m deal with SL Benfica for the Slovenian international.

Jan Oblak in action during the 2014 UEFA Europa League final
Jan Oblak in action during the 2014 UEFA Europa League final ©Sportsfile

Club Atlético de Madrid have reached an agreement with SL Benfica to take Slovenian international goalkeeper Jan Oblak to the Spanish capital on a six-year contract.

The 21-year-old – part of Benfica's treble-winning campaign of Portuguese Liga, Cup and League Cup last season – will make the switch to the Spanish champions for a €16m fee, subject to passing a medical.

Speaking about the acquisition of the former NK Olimpija Ljubljana No1, Atlético sporting director José Luis Caminero said: "This signing is great news for our club. Jan Oblak is a goalkeeper with a lot of quality and has a big future. We're delighted to be able to count on him."

Recruited by Benfica in 2010, Oblak – capped three times by Slovenia – developed his reputation during loan spells with UD Leiria and Rio Ave FC. He returned to the Eagles to register 25 appearances – including in the UEFA Europa League final loss to Sevilla FC – in all competitions in 2013/14. 

Voted Portugal's best goalkeeper last term, Oblak joins fellow goalkeeping addition Miguel Ángel Moyá at the UEFA Champions League runners-up.