Chelsea have reportedly on the verge of pulling the plug on attempts to land their first choice goalkeeping target Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid.
The La Liga side are sticking firm on their stance regarding the goalkeeper, and will not sell him for a penny less than his huge £109million release clause.
Now, as the summer transfer window ticks on, Chelsea are ready to turn their attention elsewhere and have accepted defeat on the matter, according to The Daily Star.
It adds that the Blues were even ready to include Kepa Arrizabalaga as part of a swap deal, in order to allow their struggling goalkeeper a return to Spain.
Any move for Jan Oblak would see the world record transfer for a stopper soundly smashed, which was set by Chelsea when they acquired Kepa Arrizabalaga in 2018.
Frank Lampard’s side are now said to have turned their attention elsewhere, with fresh targets coming in the form of Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope and Ajax’s Andre Onana.
Both players would come with significantly lower price-tags, and have each enjoyed strong seasons respectively.
Chelsea are set to be the most active top-flight club in the market this summer, having already secured the signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.
The big name acquisitions are not likely to stop there, either, with the club hopeful of pulling off a sensational swoop for Bayer Leverkusen highly-rated midfielder Kai Havertz. The Bundesliga club remain resolute on a £90m fee for their star.