Chelsea agree £25m deal for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy with seventh signing of summer spree set to challenge Kepa Arrizabalaga to be Frank Lampard’s No 1
- Chelsea have agreed a deal worth up to £25m for Rennes star Edouard Mendy
- The 28-year-old goalkeeper will become Chelsea’s seventh signing this summer
- Mendy will prove stern competition for Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Cabellero
- Chelsea’s bid was accepted on Friday and Mendy then pulled out of training
Chelsea have agreed a deal worth up to £25million with Rennes for goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
The 28-year-old Senegal international will become Chelsea’s seventh signing of the summer once details are finalised and will provide immediate competition for under-fire Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero.
Mendy was pulled out of training with his Rennes team-mates on Friday after Chelsea’s bid was accepted and held talks with his agent and club president Nicolas Holveck before setting off for London ahead of his medical.
Chelsea have agreed a deal worth up to £25million with Rennes for goalkeeper Edouard Mendy
The 28-year-old Senegal international will become Frank Lampard’s seventh summer signing
The previous record fee for a goalkeeper moving from France to England was the £12.3m Chelsea paid to Rennes in 2004 for Petr Cech, who is now Chelsea’s technical director and played a key role in Mendy’s selection.
Chelsea conceded 54 goals in 38 Premier League games last season and manager Frank Lampard wants Mendy to help eradicate such a poor record.
He will be aided by the additions of Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell while Lampard would also like to sign a defensive midfielder.
West Ham’s Declan Rice is their prime target but their London rivals have no wish to sell.
Mendy was pulled out of training with Rennes on Friday after Chelsea’s bid had been accepted
Chelsea’s new signing will provide competition for Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero
CHELSEA SUMMER SPENDING SPREE
Hakim Ziyech – £36m
Timo Werner – £53m
Ben Chilwell – £50m
Malang Sarr – Free
Thiago Silva – Free
Kai Havertz – £89m