Jan Oblak has been a key player for Atletico Madrid in the last years, but now Atletico plans to add his replacement to the team.
Oblak is at his peak at 27 years old, and since he came to the club in 2014 he is indispensable. After club loaned Axel Werner to Mexican club Atletico San Luis they need a backup option in goal. According to Spanish media, they turned to Croatia for their solution.
They have secured the signature of Croatian goalkeeper Ivo Grbić, from Dinamo’s feeder club Lokomotiva Zagreb. They paid €4 million for him, but with bonuses, it could add up to €6.5 million.
Another Atletico keeper Antonio Adan also left the club, so Grbić could acctually get the chance to play in some games.
He is 24-years old and he is from Split. Like many talents from that town, he slipped through Hajduk’s hands and got away to Zagreb. From 2018 he is part of Lokomotiva, after playing just 7 games for Hajduk.
He is 196 cm tall, and he has played for all of Croatia’s youth teams from U14 to U21 level. He is just another in line of Croatian keepers that have gone abroad in recent years. Lovre Kalinić and Simon Sluga left for England, Karlo Letica for Belgium.
Well-known Dinamo Zagreb production line just recently sold one of their players for €10 million, and now their feeder club made a great profit.
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