According to reports from the Daily Mail, Premier League Chelsea FC are reportedly set to sanction Atletico Madrid’s £89million release clause fee for the signing of Jan Oblak as Thibaut Courtois replacement by Thursday deadline day.
Courtois failed to turn up for training on Monday at the Cobham training centre and has told club he wants a move to Real Madrid, leaving the Blues with little time to sign a new goalkeeper before the transfer window shuts down.
As per Mundo Deportivo, however, Chelsea are set to raid the Belgium international’s former club for the signing of their No. 1 man between the sticks Jan Oblak.
Oblak as per reports, is said to have a whooping £89m release clause on his deal with Atletico, but the Spanish outlet mentioned above writes that the Blues will pay that in the “next 24 hours” as they are keen to push through the move.
It is believed that Chelsea have turned to Oblak having missed out on likes of Alisson, Pepe Reina, and Jordan Pickford this summer.
Alisson could have end up joining Chelsea this summer but the goalkeeper instead chose to sign for Liverpool, while Reina opted to remain loyal to AC Milan, who have just paid £9m to sign him.
Pickford, on the other hand, has a £58m release clause slapped on him but Chelsea have now opted to spend more to ensure the arrival of one of the world’s best goalkeepers.
Oblak’s potential arrival in west London would likely ensure Courtois gets his way and secures a return to the Spanish capital, where his family live.
He spent three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid after joining Chelsea back in 2011, impressing as the club won La Liga and the Europa League, before finishing runners up in the Champions League in 2014.