Stade Rennais manager Julien Stephan has confirmed that Edouard Mendy will join the London club. Blues have yet to officially announce their move for Senegal international, but reports this week claim a £22m deal has been agreed between the two teams.
Ligue 1 giants also asked for either Fikayo Tomori or Olivier Giroud to be included as part of the deal but the London cub refused the request from the Les Rouge et Noir. Edouard is now on course to complete his move to Chelsea, with the French club now actively seeking a replacement.
‘We’re looking for a goalkeeper, it’s no secret,’ Julien Stephan said. ‘Edouard will certainly leave us to join Chelsea. In this position, we need to get someone in very quickly, I cannot give you names as there is nothing definitive.’
Mendy’s arrival will now increase the pressure on Kepa, who has struggled since making his £72m move to London club in August 2018. It’s understood that Petr Cech, who himself played for Stade Rennais before moving to Chelsea in 2004, has recommended the signing of the 28-year-old goalkeepers to the rest of Blues hierarchy.
Spain international, meanwhile, made an error which led to a goal in Blues 3-1 victory against Brighton on Monday evening. But despite the mistake, Frank Lampard insisted that he is ‘very happy’ with Kepa. ‘With the shot, I’m not sure if he could’ve done any better,’ said the English manager.
‘But I saw a bit more confidence in how he was playing. Kepa is here, he’s our keeper and I’m happy with him. If we are bringing in competition, it will be competition. That’s the nature of Chelsea and it goes throughout the squad.’