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Chelsea target Jan Oblak impresses as Slovenia reaches UEFA Nations League promotion

Chelsea target Jan Oblak impresses as Slovenia reaches UEFA Nations League promotion, while Premier League scouts continue to watch Atlético Madrid goalkeeper with a massive £ 107 million buyout clause

  • Premier League scouts continue to follow Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak
  • He is keen to leave Atletico, but his £ 107 million buyout clause is priceless
  • A move to Chelsea faltered when the Blues bought the cheaper Edouard Mendy
  • Mendy’s rival Kepa Arrizabalaga is frustrated at losing his place at Chelsea
  • Oblak impressed when Slovenia was promoted to the Nations League

Chelsea goalkeeper Jan Oblak maintained his excellent form as Slovenia completed an unbeaten Nations League group on Wednesday evening and were promoted to League B.

Premier League scouts continue to follow the 27-year-old eager to leave Atletico Madrid for a new challenge, but is hampered by his massive £ 107 million buyout clause.

Oblak saw a move to Chelsea as a result, and Stamford Bridge technical advisor Petr Cech recommended a move to the significantly cheaper Edouard Mendy instead.

Jan Oblak has been watched by Premier League scouts and is eager to leave Atletico Madrid

Jan Oblak has been watched by Premier League scouts and is eager to leave Atletico Madrid

Oblak played well for Slovenia when it was promoted to the UEFA Nations League this week

Oblak played well for Slovenia when it was promoted to the UEFA Nations League this week

Oblak played well for Slovenia when it was promoted to the UEFA Nations League this week

However, Mendy’s rival Kepa Arrizabalaga is now exploring options ahead of the January window. The £ 72m signing is frustrated as he loses his place and will either need games on loan to restore his confidence or will seek a permanent move.

Chelsea admires Oblak, but is reluctant to spend so much money on that position again. However, she and other Premier League teams are keeping an eye on Oblak’s form.

He kept a clean sheet five times in five games during the Slovenian season, the last of which in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw in Greece, despite the home side playing through in 15 shots. The point was enough for Slovenia to secure first place in their group and promotion.

Chelsea considered Oblak, but Frank Lampard went for Edouard Mendy in the summer

Chelsea considered Oblak, but Frank Lampard went for Edouard Mendy in the summer

Chelsea considered Oblak, but Frank Lampard went for Edouard Mendy in the summer

Mendy is currently keeping £ 72m stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga out of Chelsea

Mendy is currently keeping £ 72m stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga out of Chelsea

Mendy is currently keeping £ 72m stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga out of Chelsea

He said: “It is a moment of joy for us to be able to take this step forward as a national team. We are working hard to grow together and compete at a better level.

‘Greece is a team that is used to the big tournaments and they had the same goal as us, so finishing ahead of them is a great success for us as a team.

‘It was a tough game because they pushed us to the end, they needed the win, one point was enough for us and that’s why we had to defend so much, but we wanted to.

‘I am both individually and collectively satisfied with the way we closed this Nations League campaign

Oblak returns to La Liga action this weekend with the prospect of a slightly tougher test against Barcelona. Once again he is the form keeper in Spain who has only scored two goals in seven league games.

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