The summer of 2020 could prove to be an exciting one for Chelsea and their supporters.
After securing a top-four finish in the Premier League last weekend, securing Champions League football for next season, Chelsea’s hopes of securing deals for some big-name targets this summer have been handed a massive boost.
The club, as sources understands, are closing in on the signing of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz, with the Germany international believed to be the club’s No.1 target this summer.
However, head coach Frank Lampard is also keen to add some defensive reinforcements, as well as a new goalkeeper, with Atletico Madrid star Jan Oblak thought to be their top target as far as that particular area is concerned.
With that in mind, here is a round-up of all the very latest news concerning Chelsea’s pursuit of the Slovenian international and everything we know so far.
Chelsea make Oblak top transfer priority
The Blues have identified Oblak as their top transfer target ahead of the summer window officially opening for business later this month, the Mirror reports.
After signing a new deal at the Wanda Metropolitano last year, a £120million buy-out clause was inserted in the goalkeeper’s contract. However, Chelsea are prepared to go in with an offer of less than £100million and offer Arrizabalaga to sweeten the deal.
Atletico do not want to sell the Slovenian No.1, but they may be forced to because of the financial impact the coronavirus pandemic has brought.
Simeone comments on Oblak interest
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has addressed the reports linking Oblak with a summer switch to Stamford Bridge.
The Argentine, who has been in charge of Atletico since 2011, addressed the media ahead of his side’s clash with Getafe on Thursday and he commented on the claims linking Oblak with an exit from the Spanish capital this summer.
Simeone said: “It is normal that they want a goalkeeper of the characteristics and value that Oblak has and it doesn’t surprise me because he is very good.
“For us, he is decisive, very important in the dressing room, he is our captain.
“Year after year he has managed to evolve in all the matches, from goalkeeper to his handling with the group, and hopefully he can continue with us.
“It is normal to always look for the best, and we have many who are very good, some previous seasons have left, others have stayed, and it is logical and normal for a footballer like Oblak to be loved by anyone.
“For us, he is our captain, an important player year after year and hopefully we can continue to count on his work, which is enormous for Atlético de Madrid.”
Marina Granovskaia’s deals could fund transfer
Oblak won’t come cheap and Chelsea will have to help finance moves by cashing in on some of the players already in west London.
While a couple of Lampard’s current first-team squad such as Michy Batshuayi and Emerson Palmieri could be on the move over the coming months, here we take a look at some forgotten players who the Blues need to part with.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia could be very busy in the next few months.
Blues learn Oblak fee and plot way they can fund it
If Chelsea to are to ensure Oblak is standing between the sticks at Stamford Bridge as their first choice goalkeeper next summer then they are going to need a hefty-sized cheque book.
The Slovenian international has a buyout clause of €120million in his Atletico contract, meaning any move for the goalkeeper will not come so easily.
But the Blues could be able to fund a deal by offloading Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer, with Valencia, according to a report by Goal, keen on landing the Spain international.
Valencia are aiming to offload goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen this summer, meaning Arrizabalaga could become their priority target, which in turn could enable the Blues to fund a move for Oblak.
Manchester United join Oblak chase
Chelsea have been joined by Premier League rivals Manchester United in the race to sign Atletico Madrid shot-stopper Oblak, a report by talkSPORT claims.
The Slovenian international is being heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge ahead of the start of the 2020/21 season, with the Blues looking to upgrade their goalkeeping options.
But with United ‘keeper David De Gea having been guilty of committing some costly errors of late, Ole Gunnar Solskjeaer – the United boss – is keeping his options open, with United now being linked with a move for Oblak.
The release clause in Oblak’s contract is £110million, but Atletico could be willing to accept a lower off because of the financial impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the club, meaning both Chelsea and Manchester United could be even more tempted to launch a summer move for the Slovenian.
Blues open Oblak talks
Granovskaia – Chelsea’s transfer guru – has opened talks with Atletico Madrid about a summer move for Oblak, a report by the Daily Star claims.
Blues chief Lampard has highlighted Oblak as his No.1 target to replace Arrizabalaga between the sticks this summer, with the Atletico star considered as one of the best goalkeepers in world football.
And now, according to the report, transfer negotiator Granovskaia has opened talks with the La Liga club as she aims to conclude a deal.
Spanish giants not worried by Oblak interest
Atletico Madrid are not too concerned about the prospect of Oblak sealking a summer move to Stamford Bridge, Christian Falk, the head of football, at German publication Sport BILD claims.
It is reported that Chelsea have held interest in landing the Slovenian international for more than two months.
However, Atletico are not too concerned about Chelsea’s interest, as they believe the London club will be unable to fund deals for both Oblak and Havertz, meaning they are not worried about the prospect of losing their star goalkeeper this summer.