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Chelsea’s £90 million bid for Jan Oblak was turned down by Atletico Madrid – Report

Jan Oblak and not Kepa Arrizabalaga was Chelsea’s first choice to replace Thibaut Courtois, according to The Sunday Times. The 23-year-old joined them for a World Record fee last week after Thibaut Courtois went AWOL.

The Blues agreed a deal to sell Courtois to Real Madrid for £35 million on the penultimate day of the transfer window. The Belgian was keen on leaving the club and was forcing Chelsea to sell him.

They tried their best to keep him at the club but failed to convince him in the end. He was desperate to be close to his children who live in Madrid and was pushing for the move.

Chelsea managed to get Mateo Kovacic on loan from Real Madrid as a part of the Courtois deal. The Croatian is yet to make his debut for the Blues but their new #1, Kepa Arrizabalaga has started off with a clean sheet.

 

Oblak is widely considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world right now. He was reportedly the subject of a £90 million bid Atletico decided to turn it down.

The Blues could have triggered his £89 million release clause but opted to get a deal done with the Spanish side as they could have paid in instalments. However, after they learned that Oblak was also not interested in moving to Stamford Bridge, they looked elsewhere and moved for Kepa.

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Reports suggest that Chelsea’s failure to qualify for the Champions League might be the main reason why the goalkeeper rejected the move. Atletico are now set to reward Oblak with a new contract. Reports that his new buyout clause will be €250m!

PSG have been keeping an eye on Oblak and were linked with a move for him last summer. However, they have not made a bid yet and waiting for Buffon to retire.

 

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