Chelsea own changed humour on Jan Oblak discharge amid Edouard Mendy good
were targeting a contract for monarch Jan Oblak before hustings to pursue Edouard Mendy instead, reports say. The Blues keep signed six players so far this unburden window. And Frank Lampard wants one further arrival as he plots a lane to the Premier League title.
Chelsea signed Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao in the summer jettison window of 2018, believing the Spain international was the prototype replacement for Thibaut Courtois.
However, the shot-stopper has struggled throughout his two years at Stamford Bridge - prompting the Blues into looking at replacements as a result.
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Chelsea were interested in Manchester United’s Dean Henderson, as well as Barcelona’s Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Yet they now appear to badge Mendy from Rennes, with Petr Cech personally driving the deal.
However, the prattle Chelsea had initially politic to emblem Oblak from Atletico Madrid instead.
The Slovenia international has established himself as one of the top goalkeepers in cosmos football over the years, ever since his carry from Benfica in 2014.
Oblak made the Champions League Squad of the Season last term for the third juncture in his career, starring as Atletico made the quarter-finals of the competition.
The balance says Chelsea thought Oblak could keep made the alike collision at Stamford Bridge as Alisson Becker did at Liverpool when he arrived on Merseyside two years ago.
But, with Atletico production it clear they wouldn’t hire their No 1 go for anything less than his £110million buyout clause, Chelsea hold now changed tact.
Mendy should seal a manage to west London successive this week and would be the current artist to rock up at the club.
Chelsea signed Hakim Ziyech early on, announcing the arrival of the Morocco international from Ajax back in February.
And, since then, the Blues have recruited Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr, Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz as they target a prime Premier League phrase since 2017.
Meanwhile, former Liverpool left-back Stephen Warnock recently had his prattle on the Chelsea goalkeeping situation.
And he urged the Blues to image a replacement for Kepa, moderately than somebody to merely rival him for the No 1 jersey.
"My biggest concern with Chelsea is peace the goalkeeping area," Warnock told Sky Sports News.
"I rightful envisage you own to strengthen the goalkeeping area. Kepas not up to it.
"I think hes decrepit when he comes for crosses, his organisation skills dont look up to much.
"Yes an experienced artist like Thiago Silva coming in could be esteemed for that but they definitely dearth to strengthen that area."
Mendy would bring Chelsea’s spending to over £220m this summer.
But the Blues are able to afford big-money deals having been banned from signing players a year ago, while moreover taking gargantuan fees for Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata.
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