Liverpool And Benfica Chase Teenaged Slovenian Goalkeeper Jan Oblak

Youngster attracting attention from top European clubs...
Liverpool, Benfica, and Aston Villa are locked in a battle to sign highly-rated Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

The 16-year-old, who is first choice for Slovenian club Olimpija and a member of his country's U-21 side, is valued at around 2 million euros.

Oblak visited Anfield to watch the Reds 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in December and he was due to attend a trial with the club but he couldn’t train after picking up a slight muscle strain.

Olimpija's director of football Simon Seslar told Zurnal24: "Yes, we have numerous offers for Jan, there are clubs that are prepared to enter concrete talks with us. If we are satisfied and the player is satisfied as well, we can strike a deal.

"Some people have invited us to Anfield, where we watched the game, Liverpool versus Arsenal. But that's it. We flew home the following day."

Oblak has also been linked with moves to Aston Villa and Portuguese outfit Benfica but he refused to say where he is heading.

He said: "Yes, there is something going on, but I am not allowed to talk about it. If my transfer will help the club financially, I am willing to say yes to a transfer."

The Olimpija keeper has already featured for Slovenia Under-21s and he even captained his club side in their last match before the winter break against Maribor.

Danny Hart, UK