Chelsea are set to complete a deal for £25million-rated goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from French side Rennes, according to several reports. The west Londoners are in need of a new shot-stopper following the dip in form of first-choice option Kepa Arrizabalaga and the ageing of back-up Willy Caballero.
Would Mendy be the right man between the sticks for the Blues or is he set to be another flop? Sportsmail goes through the 28-year-old’s fascinating career so far…
Chelsea are set to fork out £25million for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy (pictured)
Mendy’s story from youth level to the brink of the Chelsea first team is not your average progression tale.
Born in France to a Senegalese mother and a Bissau-Guinean father, the goalkeeper began his career at semi-professional level in the third-tier of French football with AS Cherbourg.
Despite spending four seasons with the Normandy side, he made just 25 appearances at that level before being let go in 2015.
Mendy only signed his first professional deal aged 24 after spells in the French lower tiers
Aged 23 and without a professional deal, Mendy was prepared to quit football as he was not able to find a new club. His struggles were so big he even queued at a local job centre in Normandy just five years ago in order to make his way.
He dropped down to the fourth tier to play for Marseille’s B team but was still not on professional terms. He was eventually given that chance aged 24 when he was snapped up by Stade de Reims in the second tier.
Mendy’s luck soon began to turn. While he was brought in as a back-up to Johann Carrasso, the Reims first-choice option was sent off just five minutes into the 2016-17 season and the understudy was finally given a taste of first-team action.
Mendy’s career was saved when then-second tier side Stade de Reims called him up in 2016
The Senegalese international was made first-choice goalkeeper one season later and it proved to be an excellent choice as Reims were promoted to Ligue 1 after they won the French second tier.
After one season in the top flight, Mendy was snapped up by Rennes last summer and represented them in the Europa League group stages during the 2019-20 campaign.
EVERYTHING’S BEEN CECH’D
Chelsea technical director Petr Cech knows a thing or two about goalkeepers.
The former Czech Republic shot-stopper was the Blues’ reliable option between the sticks for 11 years and now runs the rule over incoming transfers.
And Cech is reportedly the driving force behind Mendy’s imminent arrival at Stamford Bridge, with the technical director recommending the signing to the Blues hierarchy after expressing his admiration for Mendy.
Chelsea’s technical director Petr Cech (above) has recommended Mendy to the club
The comparisons between Mendy and Cech are…