Jan Oblak rejected a move to Chelsea this summer after the Premier League side offered to pay his release clause of €100 million according to The Sunday Times. The problem with release clauses for teams doing the buying is that the player needs to want to leave and on this occasion, Oblak chose Champions League football as Atlético Madrid go in search of trophies with a new-look squad.
Thibaut Courtois moved to Real Madrid late in the Premier League transfer window and Sarri’s side needed a new keeper, which is when they turned to Oblak. But with Chelsea missing out on Champions League football and with Antoine Griezmann and Diego Godín rejecting moves in the offseason to teams willing to pay their clauses, Oblak followed suit by rejecting their advances.
There is no word yet of how much Oblak will be rewarded when he signs his new contract but Atlético are keen to raise his release clause and The Times report it will be to the tune of €250 million.
If goalkeepers’ prices keep shooting up, however, that might seem like too little in a couple of years. Oblak is 25, is currently one of the top three goalkeepers in the world, and is improving in seemingly every game. It’s another stellar move from the club to keep their best as they stare into a season that is brimming with promise.