Chelsea receive Jan Oblak transfer update with Atletico Madrid chief’s fresh admission
Chelsea have seen their chances of signing Jan Oblak take a hit after Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo insisted the goalkeeper will be staying at the Wanda Metropolitano. Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is keen to sign a new goalkeeper this summer.
The Blues are still in the market for a new goalkeeper, and have been linked with multiple big-name players.
Lampard is said to have lost patience with Kepa Arrizabalaga, and wants a replacement signed this summer.
Chelsea forked out £72million on Arrizabalaga, and he is on a considerably high wage, so offloading him will likely be a difficult task.
However, Lampard is still believed to be keen on signing a new goalkeeper for the start of the new season as he looks to strengthen his defence.
The Blues are keen on a centre-back and left-back as well as a goalkeeper, having already forked out £90m on Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.
But they appear to have now had one of their targets taken off the board, after Cerezo made some defiant comments regarding Oblak.
The Atletico Madrid ace had appeared to be on the Blues’ shortlist this summer, despite his contract not being up until 2023.
The Slovenian is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and is valued highly by Atletico.
And they are apparently unwilling to consider letting him go, as Cerezo insisted there’s no chance of him leaving.
When asked if he was concerned about Oblak potentially leaving the club, he replied: “Fear? No. No way.
“Life has shown us things and I am convinced that Jan Oblak will continue to play at Atletico.”
Chelsea have reportedly already found an alternative to Oblak, under the assumption that they would be unable to convince Atletico to sell him for a reasonable price.
Ajax star Andre Onana is believed to be their next top target, with the Dutch champions ready to let him leave.
Onana is valued at a maximum of £30m, so would be considerably cheaper than Oblak would be.
However, the Blues are also in negotiations to sign Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid Kai Havertz for £70m, meaning their transfer kitty could be significantly depleated.
Ben Chilwell and Declan Rice have also been linked with moves to Stamford Bridge, but would likely cost £140m combined.