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Jan Oblak issues response to Chelsea after £89m transfer approach

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Jan Oblak is wanted by Chelsea as Thibaut Courtois replacement (Getty Images)

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak has rejected the chance to join Chelsea following an approach from the Premier League club.

Chelsea are attempting to find a replacement for Thibaut Courtois, who has missed training for the last two days in an apparent attempt to force through a move to Real Madrid before Thursdays transfer deadline.

Chelsea are prepared to sell Courtois to Madrid for £35 million but will only approve the transfer once a replacement is signed.

Oblak is top of Chelseas goalkeeper shortlist and the club are willing to pay the 25-year-olds £89m release clause.

But according to Bilbao-based newspaper El Correo, Oblak turned down Chelsea after initial contact was made by the club.

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - JULY 26: Jan Oblak #13 of Club Atletico de Madrid in action during the International Champions Cup 2018 match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Arsenal at the National Stadium on July 26, 2018 in Singapore. (Photo by Pakawich Damrongkiattisak/Getty Images)
Oblak has an £89m release clause in his contract with Atletico. (Getty Images)

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As a result, Chelsea have now turned to Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The 23-year-old, who rejected a move to Real Madrid in January, would represent a slightly cheaper option for Chelsea due to his £71m buyout clause.

Bilbao are unwilling to negotiate over a fee for Kepa and have told Chelsea that his release clause must be met.

Kepa Arrizabalaga is close to joining Chelsea. (Getty Images)

Reports in Spain have claimed that Chelsea are willing to pay Kepas £71m fee on Wednesday and are hopeful that the goalkeeper can be signed in time for him to begin training with Maurizio Sarri on Thursday.

Kepa was part of Spains 23-man squad for the World Cup but did not feature in Russia, although fans had called on him to start ahead of David De Gea after the 3-3 draw against Portugal in their Group B opener.

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