Chelsea are hoping to seal a huge move for Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak by sending Kepa Arrizabalaga the other way in a player-plus-cash deal. Manager Frank Lampard is keen on replacing Kepa as the first choice keeper at Stamford Bridge, despite the Spaniard costing the club over £71m just two years ago.
The 25-year-old has not been convincing at the back for the Blues and Lampard has dropped him at times this season, replacing him with the even less reliable Willy Caballero. Chelsea have been linked with a string of top-class goalkeepers, with the most blockbuster of moves available to them being Oblak.
The 27-year-old is widely considered the best keeper on the planet and the Blues are looking to tempt him to west London by offering Atletico Madrid Kepa plus a transfer fee on top, according to the Daily Mirror. Oblak’s release clause at Atletico is an enormous £120m, but throwing Kepa into the deal is Chelsea’s ploy to reduce this price significantly.
The Slovenian remains under contract until 2023, though, and Atletico have no desire to let him go, so it would take a huge offer from Chelsea and for the player to push for a switch to the Premier League.
The 23-year-old Manchester United keeper has caught the eye on loan with the Blades, but the Red Devils would demand an enormous price for someone they see as their long-term replacement for David de Gea, especially when it is a rival asking about the price.