Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia sanctioning £130m transfer ‘wouldn’t shock’ pundit
Premier League pundit Jermaine Jenas says he would not be shocked if Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia sanctioned a blockbuster £130million transfer for Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak – but he thinks the deal is unlikely to happen.
Chelsea’s No 1 Kepa Arrizabalaga has come under fire this year for making a series of mistakes.
The 25-year-old moved to west London for £71.6million two years ago but has struggled to fulfil his potential.
Frank Lampard is considering offloading the Spaniard this summer and wants Oblak as his replacement.
However, Atletico will not let their star leave for anything less than his £130m release clause.
Jenas feels Chelsea should keep their faith with Arrizabalaga as it is unlikely they will be able to afford Oblak.
But the ex-midfielder did not completely rule out a move for the Slovenian.
“You’re going to see Jan Oblak turn up at Chelsea or something like that, otherwise they’re going to have to sit still with what they’ve got,” Jenas told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“They’re already spending a lot of money and I don’t see them being able to get Oblak out of his contract at Atletico Madrid.
“We’re talking £110m to £130m to get him out of that so unless there’s some form of swap deal to soften the blow a bit, I don’t see that happening.
“We’ve seen a lot of surprises in the past and it wouldn’t shock me.”
Back-up keeper Willy Caballero was called in midway through the season for a temporary spell between the sticks because of Arrizabalaga’s poor form.
Lampard also opted to go with Caballero for the final Premier League match of the season.
However, Jenas does not think the 38-year-old is worthy of a starting spot in the Blues team.
“I don’t see why Caballero would be a viable option because, if he was, then he’d be starting and we wouldn’t even be having a conversation about Kepa,” Jenas added.
“He came in because Kepa had a bit of a wobbly spell where a few goals went in where Frank was looking at it wondering whether it should have gone in or not.
“He was brought in at times during the season to steady the ship a bit.
“I don’t look at him as a number one, to be honest with you, I think he’s a good number two and a good goalkeeper in general but I think, if Chelsea are going to make any decisions on their goalkeeper, they’re going to do something big.”
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