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Oblak named as Chelsea’s ‘number one target’ to replace Kepa

Chelsea have reportedly made Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak their ‘number one target’ to replace the under-fire Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer.

Frank Lampard is assessing his goalkeeping position with Kepa having struggled for form so far this season, the Spaniard making a series of mistakes including a blunder in the 3-0 defeat at Sheffield United last weekend.

According to the MirrorChelsea have ambitiously lined up Oblak as their first-choice to replace Kepa, and are prepared to include the Spain international as part of the package to tempt Atletico into a sale.

Oblak has established himself as arguably the best goalkeeper in world football during six seasons with Diego Simeone’s side, being named as La Liga’s finest shot-stopper in each of the previous four campaigns.

The Slovenian international has a buy-out clause of £120m in his contract at the Wanda Metropolitano, though Chelsea are hopeful that a package of around £100m – which would include Kepa in part-exchange as a replacement – could tempt the Spanish side to sell amid the financial uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic.

Kepa signed for Chelsea in a world-record £71.6m deal from Athletic Bilbao two seasons ago but has struggled with the physical demands of the Premier League, and Lampard is keen to reinforce his defensive options this summer with the west London side having conceded more goals than any other side in the top half.

Atletico are unlikely to part with their prized asset easily, however, Oblak having been a formidable presence in goal for a side famed for their defensive resilience in recent seasons.

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