Chelsea determined to sign €80m-rated La Liga stopper

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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has responded to recent transfer rumours linking shot-stopper Jan Oblak with a move to Chelsea.

Slovenia international has shone as one of the finest players in the world in his position in recent times, and Blues would do well to bring him in as an upgrade on the struggling Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Oblak heavily linked with Blues in a possible swap deal involving Kepa, while the Blues would offer cash around £90m plus their current number one for the goalkeeper.

Now Simeone has responded to the Oblak transfer talk and says he’s not surprised to hear of interest from Blues. Still, the Argentine boss did not sound like he was planning for his star player’s departure, as he expressed his desire for the club to keep their most important players.

I am not surprised that Chelsea admires Jan Oblak, he is a decisive player for us,” Diego said. “But he is the captain and our participation every year in the Champions League helps us keep our best players so I hope he will continue with us.”

La Liga giants have ended up having to sell several world-class names down the years, with Antoine Griezmann leaving for Blaugrana last summer, while Chelsea have raided them for the likes of Diego Costa in the past.