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  • Updated: July 28, 2020

Frank Lampard In Search For Kepa's Replacement With Oblak As First Choice, Release Clause Set At £120M

Frank Lampard In Search For Kepa's Replacement With Oblak As

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard has chosen Willy Caballero between the sticks ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga which has brought about numerous suggestions and reports around Europe that the English coach might be looking for another No. 1 to replace the £71.6m worth goalkeeper, with Jan Oblak as the first choice.

The match against Wolves shows how much trust has been lost in the Spanish keeper, Kepa since the match was a matter of importance to the club and players ahead of next season, all fielded players must have been trusted and relied upon. The Chelsea No. 1 was not picked nor was he substituted in at any point during the match. Chelsea won the match and has qualified for the next season UEFA Champions League but it seems they would not be relying upon Arrizabalaga for the next competitive season.

The keeper had come under criticism from fans all over the world on social media especially when he concedes a seemingly easy goal in the Champions League and EPL alike, howlers, miss throws, and slow reflexes from the 25-year old keeper.

Oblak, who saw his four-season stranglehold on the Zamora Trophy awarded to the best goalkeeper in La Liga ended by Thibaut Courtois, has proven himself as one of the best in the world over six years at Atletico Madrid. The Slovenian professional might want to leave the Wanda Metropolitano this season but he might want to go a team with more title prospects and a more compact defense like that of Atleti. 

His move to England is rather difficult to hope for now since the corona enforced shutdown has affected clubs income and expenditure and Chelsea has already spent big this season with the likes of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, Havertz deal is also said to be nearing its completion, to sign the Atleti's keeper would require more than £50M which the club might not have unless they can offload some players like Kante, Kepa, Willian, Giroud, Michy Batshuayi and some other excesses in the team.

Atletico Madrid president, Enrique Cerezo said Jan Oblak is an Atletico Madrid player "period" and the best is still to come from Joao Felix. This shows the club is not ready to let go of their best keeper and the regular Zamora trophy winner.

Another hindering factor, Jan Oblak is still in contract to Atletico till 2023, his release clause is £120M which Chelsea do not have right now or would risk going against the FFP rules. The club will need to balance the books or risk sanctions from UEFA.

The Champions League resumes in August when Chelsea faces Bayern but there is not much to fight for having lost at home to Bayern 0-3 and already seems all is lost, barring a miracle they will progress.

It also becomes speculative, if Kepa would be chosen or Willy Caballero will be called upon.


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