Chelsea are expected to wrap up a deal for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy within the next couple of days, according to a report in The Athletic.
The Blues are growing increasingly confident of bringing the 28-year-old to Stamford Bridge, despite having reportedly seen a £14 million bid already rejected by Rennes.
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Kepa Arrizabalaga has struggled to live up to expectations since arriving in West London in 2018, and Mendy is expected to provide stiff competition for the Spanish shot-stopper next season.
At 6’6, Mendy has a clear height advantage over Kepa, and with Frank Lampard struggling to set his side up to defend from set-pieces last season, the French keeper’ provides an obvious solution.
Petr Cech, who played for Rennes between 2002 and 2004, is believed to have played a critical role in negotiations thus far. This being said, however, Cech has also reaffirmed his belief that Kepa still has a future at the club, despite him boasting the lowest save percentage of any Premier League goalkeeper during the 2019/20 campaign.
Chelsea have been linked with several different goalkeeping options this summer, but with the club seemingly unable to offload Kepa, Mendy is apparently seen as the most attractive prospect.