Chelsea are reportedly expected to give up in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid’s world-class goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
According to the Daily Star, Frank Lampard’s side will be forced to widen their search for a new goalkeeper as Spanish club Atletico are not moving away from their £110million asking price for Oblak.
It is understood that the 27-year-old has been on the Blues radar for months and he’ll hold discussions about his future following his side’s Champions League exit at the hands of RB Leipzig, but his price tag is simply too high.
The report does add that Chelsea will look to other targets as they try find a replacement for struggling Kepa Arrizabalaga, with Burnley’s Nick Pope and Ajax’s Andre Onana listed on their transfer shortlist.
Both goalkeepers have been linked with the Blues during this summer window and the latest report suggests it could be down to the pair of the as to who the club try sign.
Oblak would be a phenomenal signing that would move them up levels, but the two alternatives are both strong options in their own right too and may be more attainable.
Pope, 28, enjoyed a brilliant individual year last season for Burnley and just missed out on the Premier League’s golden glove award.
The colossus shot-stopper commands his box with his size, is a brilliant shot-stopper, and for many has overtaken Everton’s Jordan Pickford to become the new England number one.
He’s not yet had the experience of playing on the elite stage at club level, but his performance suggest he’s ready to make the jump and he looks a far more assured option for Chelsea than current goalkeeper Arrizabalaga.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have already conducted business with Dutch side recently to sign their highly-rated winger Hakim Ziyech ahead of the new season and they are now planning another raid on them.
Onana, 24, is a young promising goalkeeper that can play out from the back and he’s shown his Champions League pedigree in the past to suggest he’s a great option to try bring to Stamford Bridge.