The Blues were willing to activate the Slovenian’s huge release clause
Jan Oblak reportedly turned down the chance to join Chelsea this summer.
The Stamford Bridge side were desperately seeking a replacement goalkeeper in the final week of the UK transfer window after selling Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid.
Maurizio Sarri’s men ended up securing the signature of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao, however, according to the Times , they were first rejected by Atletico
The 25-year-old Slovenian star has risen to prominence as one of Europe’s best stoppers in recent seasons and, as
such, has a release clause of €100m (£90m).
Arrizabalaga kept a clean sheet in his Chelsea debut at Huddersfield.
Chelsea expressed an interest in activating the clause, which would have left Madrid with no option but to sell the player, should he have wanted the move, but he is
understood to have opted to stay put.
This then led to the Blues activating Kepa Arrizabalaga’s £72m clause, making him the world’s most expensive goalkeeper instead.