Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo says he is not surprised that teams are interested in their goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
Chelsea and Manchester United have both been linked with the Slovenian international in recent days but Cerezo insists the shot-stopper is an indispensable member of the squad:
“I always say that Oblak has a contract with Atletico and is the best goalkeeper in the world. It is not strange that he has offers from other great teams”
“I say the same as always. Oblak has a contract, he is an Atletico player, period. We have many players, our squad is the club’s main asset. Oblak is a magnificent player and in his position, unquestionably, there is no one to beat him right now.”
Cerezo is effectively stating that the Blues will have to pay Oblak’s release clause if they want to snap up the 27-year-old this summer.
The €120m (£109m) it would cost to prise him away from the Wanda Metropolitano is an eye-watering figure but he is one of the world’s top keepers.
Chelsea do have cheaper alternatives lined up, though, with reports claiming that the London club are eyeing Ajax’s Andre Onana, Burnley’s Nick Pope and Manchester United’s Dean Henderson as potential options.
Oblak, though, is a level above all those players, but financing a deal may well depend on whether they can find a buyer for current number one Kepa Arrizabalaga.