Tottenham backed to win race to Jan Oblak after journalist's £107m reveal - Hutton
Alan Hutton has claimed Jan Oblak would choose Tottenham over Man United for his long-term fututre.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and Aston Villa defender said that Oblak will be “leaning towards” the London club.
According to journalist Nizaar Kinsella, reported in the Evening Standard (29 September), the Lilywhites have identified the 29-year-old as a primary target to be their next number one goalkeeper.
Oblak is said to be interested in a move to the Premier League, but a £107million release clause has hindered his chances thus far.
Spurs face competition from Man United for the keeper.
The Red Devils are believed to be keeping an eye on Oblak’s situation due to uncertainty around David de Gea’s long-term future.
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He has six years left on his contract at Atletico Madrid.
When asked if Oblak would choose Tottenham over United, Hutton told Football Insider: “I think so.
“I think now, the way Tottenham are and the way they’re playing under the new manager, they’re doing really well.
“They’ve got Champions League football which is always a bonus. They’ll need a long-term successor to Hugo Lloris, he’s 35 now. Oblak could be there for the next five, six, seven, eight years and that’s probably what they’re looking for. He’s got a wealth of experience playing at a high level so you know what you’re getting when he comes through the door. He’ll be a leader no doubt.
“It’ll be a difficult one to try and pick. But I think if you’ve got the opportunity to go to Tottenham and be number one, he’d want to take that.
“If you go to Manchester United and De Gea’s still there then you’re number two for the next couple of seasons, it’s not great. So that’s why he’d possibly lean towards Tottenham.“