Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA / Getty Images Chelsea tried to sign Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak in the window of the summer transfer, but the twenty-five refused to move to Stamford Bridge. The Blues were willing to pay £ 89.4 million (€ 100 million) to buy his Atletico contract while looking for a substitute for Thibaut Courtois, according to Duncan Castles of the Sunday Times (h / t Kate McGreavy for MailOnline). Oblak has chosen to stay in Spain because he wants to play UEFA Champions League, Chelsea has not been able to offer this term after finishing fifth in the Premier League last season. The Slovenian international is considered one of the best goalkeepers in Europe. Oblak moved to the Spanish team in 2014 and helped the team win the UEFA Europa League last season. The greatest strength of Atlético is its solidity and defensive organization. Squawka Football showed how impressive Oblak was during his time with the club: Squawka Football @SwaswkaJan Oblak retained 46% of Atlético Madrid's white cards under Diego Simeone.
161/377 games 👐
92/200 clean sheets ⛔️
Define: safe hands. https://t.co/mmd1cFWIdmLast season, Diego Simeone's team came second behind Barcelona in La Liga. The club strengthened in the summer bringing Thomas Lemar, Rodri and Nikola Kalinic, leaving Atletico looking for a title challenge. The writer Andy West is impressed by his team: Andy West @ andywest01Kalinic, Rodri, Lemar, Martins, Arias signs all. Godin, Oblak, Griezmann all remain. Atletico quietly builds a hellish team at Atlético.Atletico wants to keep Oblak at the club. They want to increase his salaries and his buyout clause in order to discourage other admirers, for Cadena SER (h / t Calcio Espana). After losing Oblak, Chelsea decided to spend a lot on Kepa Arrizabalaga of Athletic Bilbao. The 23-year-old reached an agreement worth £ 71.6 million, according to Matt Law of the Telegraph. Kepa is a very promising young goalie who looks forward to having a great future ahead of him. There is not the experience and authority of Oblak, but it has the potential to become one of the best caps in Europe. Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri recently offered his opinion on his new signing, for Liam Twomey at ESPN FC: Liam Twomey @liam_twomeySarri asked if Kepa is as good as Courtois: "Certainly not, but he is very young, I hope that can improve very fast. " #cfcKepa also has to deal with the pressure of being the most expensive goalkeeper in the world as he adapts to a new country and the Premier League. He took a clean sheet for his Blues debut against Huddersfield Town on Saturday. However, it was rarely tested for Goal's Nizaar Kinsella: Nizaar Kinsella @NizaarKinsellaKepa got a clean sheet at his debut but only faced one hit on the target. A nice thing was to alleviate him for a game against Arsenal next week. #CFC #HUDCHELosing Courtois was a blow to Chelsea ahead of the new season. While Oblak would have been a superb substitute, Kepa seems a strong choice that has a great future ahead of him. .