The London giants are set to end their pursuit of Jan Oblak, despite the shot-stopper preparing for crunch talks with the Los Rojiblancos following their UCL exit. Blues boss is determined to land a new shot-stopper this summer after concluding that Kepa Arrizabalaga isn’t up to scratch to be the London club’s No. 1.
Slovenia international is widely considered to be one of the world’s best shot-stoppers and has been tracked by Blues for months. Despite the fact they believe Oblak is open to a move to the PL, La Liga giants are unwilling to budge on their £110m asking price.
With Blues spending big in other areas, the club are unwilling to sanction a deal for that amount of money. Chelsea bosses are willing to give Atletico Kepa as part of any deal but so far Atletico are unwilling to entertain offers. It is claimed Chelsea were even set to include Kepa as part of a swap deal, in order to allow their struggling goalkeeper a come back to Spain.
Unless that changes, the London giants will be forced to look elsewhere. Ajax shot-stopper Andre Onana is another footballer on Blues shortlist. He would represent a significantly cheaper option than Jan. So too would Nick Pope, who the London giants scouts have monitored this campaign.
Any move for the 27-year-old goalkeeper would see the world record transfer for a shot-stopper soundly smashed, which was set by Blues when they acquired Kepa in 2018. Chelsea are now said to have turned their attention elsewhere, with fresh targets coming in the form of Ajax shot-stopper Andre Onana and Burnley’s Nick Pope.