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"I hope he will continue with us" - Diego Simeone speaks about Jan Oblak transfer to Chelsea

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Chelsea received a boost in the race for champions league qualification for next season following a 1-0 win against Norwich city at Stamford bridge last night and they are now four points clear of Manchester united and Leicester city.

However,Chelsea are said to be preparing for next season as the club is being continuously linked with some players and they are one of few teams who will have money to spend this summer despite the corona virus outbreak which have had an impact on the finances of football clubs.

But according to reports,Diego Simeone has responded to the links reporting Chelsea with Atletico Madrid star Jan Oblak. 

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been keen to splash the cash at the Blues after a year when a transfer ban prevented him from doing so.

Altogether, the Englishman has eyed five new signings in a bid to kick start his revolution.

Two are already through the door in the shape of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

But his defence is in need of bolstering, specifically in the shape of a new left back and a goalkeeper.

It comes after Lampard lost faith in current stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has failed to impress throughout the season.

Despite being signed for a world record sum of £72m only two years ago, Chelsea are making moves to replace him.

Several have been linked, including Burnley star Nick Pope and Andre Onana of Ajax.

But fans have been most excited by reports linking them to Atletico's Oblak,who is commonly regarded as the best in the world.

However,Diego Simeone cannot envisage a way his club will let the Slovakia international go.

He said: "I am not surprised that Chelsea admire Jan Oblak, he is a decisive player for us.

"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."

The 27-year-old is contracted to the Wanda Metropolitano outfit until 2023 so Atletico are under no pressure to sell.

And if Chelsea want to trigger his release clause it would set them back a staggering £103m.

After already breaking the record set by Alisson to land Kepa, the chances of them splashing out such a large sum is small.

A swap deal to bring down the price of Oblak involving the Spain goalkeeper has been mooted, however.

They are also still in the hunt for Kai Havertz of Bayer Leverkusen, though the German club are sticking to their guns over their asking price.

Bayer have told any suitors that the playmaker will cost £81.5m (€90m) but in the current financial climate that is proving too much.

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