Chelsea to pay £89m release clause for superb Thibaut Courtois replacement

Chelsea will meet Jan Oblak’s £89million release clause in the next 24 hours, according to reports.

Blues No.1 Thibaut Courtois told Maurizio Sarri on Monday he wanted to leave the club and asked the manager to sanction his transfer to Real Madrid.

Chelsea had been frustrated in their attempts to secure a replacement for Courtois, and as a result were prepared to tell the Belgian he would be staying at Stamford Bridge.

However, Mundo Deportivo claim Chelsea will move to sign a new stopper and have identified Atletico Madrid stopper Oblak as the priority target.

The goalkeeper is one of the world’s best, but several big club suitors have been scared off by the Slovenian’s release clause.

Chelsea were chasing Roma stopper Alisson before he joined Liverpool in a record deal, and then were knocked by Everton in an approach for Jordan Pickford.

Everton wanted £58m for Pickford, and Roman Abramovich has opted to spend a bit more on a goalkeeper who has proven his pedigree over several seasons.

Chelsea will make their move for Oblak as soon as possible, while Atletico are waiting for their stopper to recover from a shoulder injury.

Courtois and his Belgium team-mate Eden Hazard reported for pre-season at Cobham on Monday, and met with new boss Sarri.

Losing both players would be a huge blow to Chelsea, but it seems Hazard is more likely to stay at Stamford Bridge.

Courtois, though, is desperate to return to Madrid to be closer to his daughter and Chelsea are now working to grant his wish before the close of the English transfer on Thursday.

Chelsea will not sell Courtois unless they can land a suitable replacement.

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