Chelsea’s interest in £90million Jan Oblak has been confirmed by Atletico Madrid’s assistant manager.
Diego Simeone’s No 2 German Burgos said Frank Lampard is trying to seal a deal for the keeper this summer.
Chelsea are said to be looking to complete a £90m deal for Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Oblak.
Burgos – who was Atleti’s goalkeeper from 2001 to 2004 – is leaving the club at the end of the season.
He was asked by Marca if there were any of his current players he would like to sign at his next club.
It was then that he confirmed Chelsea’s attempts to get Oblak.
He said: “If I only quote one who I would take from Atletico Madrid, it would be bad – I have to name them all.
“Look, the Russian [Roman Abramovich] wants to take Oblak.”
Burgos’ admission is interesting because it seems to suggest that the order to buy Oblak has come from the very top of the Chelsea foodchain.
It also backs up what Atleti boss Simeone said last night about the Stamford Bridge club’s interest in the 27-year-old Slovenian.
He commented: “I am not very surprised because every year at the end of the season all our most important players are under the radar of the most important teams of the world.
“I think it is normal they are always looking for the best players as we have many in our team.
“In previous seasons, some players left the club and others remained, but I think it is logical a player like Oblak is wanted by many teams.
“He is our captain and a very important player in the last few years.
“I hope he can continue with us because he is very important for Atletico Madrid.”
Chelsea had been rumoured to be planning a swap deal with Kepa Arrizabalaga for Oblak.
But other reports have claimed the Blues will offer cash plus Kepa.
Oblak – tied down at the Wanda Metropolitano until 2023 – boasts a mammoth £120m release clause.
It is believed Chelsea reckon they can get this down to about £90m.
Oblak will be hoping to be named LaLiga’s Best Goalkeeper for the fifth year running at the end of the season.