Jan Oblak to Chelsea: Hakim Ziyech to play key role in transfer decision, Atletico stance

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 football.london 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 defensive reinforcements and the inconsistent performances of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga have caused the Chelsea boss to enter the market for a possible replacement.

One of the options for the Blues is Atletico Madrid stopper Jan Oblak, but the Spanish side are standing firm over their valuation of the goalkeeper.

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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,…