Chelsea are pressing forward with a bid to try and sign Edouard Mendy from Rennes this week. Kepa Arrizabalaga has failed to convince Frank Lampard that he’s the man to be Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper for the upcoming season.
Willy Caballero was selected ahead of the Spaniard in Chelsea’s final two games of the season and could well be the main option in their Premier League opener against Brighton on September 14.
But Chelsea have been looking to bring in a new first-choice goalkeeper this summer.
A host of names have been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.
At one stage it looked as though Chelsea may go for broke to try and sign Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid.
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The La Liga outfit made it clear though that any interested party would need to pay Oblak’s £108million release clause.
That led Chelsea to look at alternative targets, with Andre Onana and Nick Pope among those being considered.
Chelsea have already spent over £200m on new recruits this summer following the announcement of Kai Havertz’s arrival on Friday.
And it appears as though they’re ready to carry on spending with a move for Rennes shot-stopper Mendy.
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According to the Sunday Mirror, Mendy could be available for as little as £18m.
And Chelsea may have an ace up their sleeve with technical and performance director Petr Cech acting as the driving force behind making a deal happen.
The 38-year-old is a legend at Chelsea having won four Premier League titles as well as playing a huge part in the club’s Champions League win in 2012.
But he also spent two years at Rennes, where he was named Ligue 1’s best goalkeeper in his final season with the French club.
Mendy has earned high praise since joining Rennes in 2018 after helping Stade de Reims win Ligue 2.
He has kept 23 clean sheets over the past two seasons with only Mike Maignan keeping a better record in that time.
Chelsea may struggle to find a buyer for Kepa in the summer transfer window, particularly if they’re hoping to recoup most of the £72m they paid to sign him in 2018.
But the Blues are expected to let a host of other players leave to help raise funds for other targets with a move for Declan Rice being touted.
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