Chelsea made £90 million bid for Jan Oblak before completing Kepa Arrizabalaga transfer


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Kepa Arrizabalaga made his Chelsea debut in the win over Huddersfield (Picture: Getty)

Kepa Arrizabalaga was not Chelseas first choice to replace Thibaut Courtois, according to The Sunday Times.

The FA Cup holders moved swiftly to replace Thibaut Courtois after they agreed to sell the Belgium international to Real Madrid for £35million on the penultimate day of the transfer window.

Spain international goalkeeper Kep Arrizabalaga became the most expensive goalkeeper in history by completing a £71m move from Athletic Bilbao and made an assured debut in Saturdays 3-0 win over Huddersfield.

However, the Times claims it could have been Atletico Madrid star Jan Oblak lining up at the Kirklees Stadium had he not turned down a move to Stamford Bridge.

Jan Oblak was the subject of a £90m offer from Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Oblak, widely considered one of the best goalkeepers in world football, was reportedly the subject of a £90m bid which triggered the release clause in his current contract but the 25-year-old opted to remain in Spain and continue working under Diego Simeone.

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Last seasons Europa League winners are now expected to reward Oblak with a new contract which would see his buyout clause raised to an eye-watering €250m.

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