Jamie Carragher believes replacing Kepa Arrizabalaga with Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak would be a “no brainer” for Chelsea if a deal is possible.
Kepa has fallen out of favour with Frank Lampard following a number of high-profile mistakes, and the Blues boss is thought to be keen to move the player on this summer.
Oblak, meanwhile, has formed a reputation as arguably the best ‘keeper in the world at Atletico, and the Spanish club may be tempted to sell him this summer to help ease the financial hardship caused by the coronavirus crisis.
Chelsea have already strengthened their attacking options with the acquisitions of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, and writing in his column for The Telegraph Carragher suggested the addition of Oblak could make all the difference for the west Londoners.
“Given how much money has already been invested in more attackers, I would be surprised if Chelsea have not already lined up Arrizabalaga’s successor,” he said.
“Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak is the best available and would be a game-changer. Yes, meeting his £109m buyout clause is mega expensive, but it looks like Chelsea have the funds.”
Carragher recalled the impact former Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech had when he first joined Chelsea in 2004, and argued Oblak could do exactly the same if given the opportunity.
He added: “Oblak is the closest you will find to a no-brainer for any coach in need of a keeper, and given Petr Cech’s involvement in Chelsea’s technical department – and remembering the impact he had when becoming one of Jose Mourinho’s first recruits in 2004 – the club can be well advised on what a ready-made no1 can do.
“That is their biggest priority.”
Kepa could play his last game for the Blues when they take on Wolves on Sunday needing just a point to guarantee Champions League football next season.