Chelsea are preparing an offer to pursue one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
Valencia have registered an interest in signing the keeper on an initial two-year loan deal with an option to buy as they look to sell their No. 1, Jasper Cillessen. However, due to the high wage demands of Kepa who earns a £170,000 a week at Chelsea, a deal to sell or loan will be difficult as very few teams in the world will be able to match the wage demands due to the recent pandemic.
As per reports from Goal, Chelsea are interested in a deal to pursue Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak and will have to trigger his whooping £110m release clause in order to have any personal conversations with him.
A clear defensive structure has been the Achilles heel of Chelsea’s current campaign. Kepa has been unconvincing in marshaling his defense along with the lack of a clear presence in goal.
Chelsea views Oblak as the perfect player to help marshal the young, talented defenders at the club but will have to offload a host of players before making any further big moves in the transfer market.
The blues currently face a very huge wage bill thanks to the signings of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, and the potential signing of Kai Havertz, which also indicates their clear massive intent to restructure. In order for them to pursue any more signings, Chelsea will have to balance the books by selling some of their players to avoid FFP sanctions and potential losses in revenues.
However, there is scope for optimism as the relationship between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid is good with both sides completing transfers of Diego Costa, Alvaro Morata, Felipe Luis and Thibaut Courtois in recent seasons.
Should Chelsea trigger the £110m release clause of Jan Oblak?